Mixed Emotions.

Reading other people’s blogs is very interesting. Most of us seem to feel the same about helpless creatures of all kinds. We often go to great expense to feed, care for and protect them. As a nation we are considered pet lovers. However, it reaches way beyond those we keep in our homes. We can’t help picking up injured or ‘lost’ animals and birds. For sure, I haven’t begun to scratch the surface when it comes to the full range of creatures we have all become involved with in this way

It is surprising how many people have had similar experiences with wild life. How good to think of all that humaneness being spread all over the world instead of the bloodshed, pain and suffering! If one feels empathy for a tiny, helpless creature it seems impossible to do harm to any other living thing, especially a human.

However, I confess I dislike spiders and it is the thought of killing them that makes me sick so I bought one of those little plastic boxes on a stick that one can trap the spider inside and then it is let free outside the house. I still whack flies and bluebottles though! Ugh!!!

In our family we’ve shed many tears over departed pets; goldfish, frogs, worms and rescued animals or birds that didn’t survive our attentions. Not to forget about ‘roadkill’. The children crying, “But Mummy/Daddy, you can’t just leave it lying there!” We tried to avoid running over anything we came across but it wasn’t always possible to do so. Sometimes the larger animals had obviously been moved to the side of the road and laid out i.e. badgers, foxes and deer, but rabbits (babies often) rats, birds of all kinds, toads and hedgehogs often littered the lanes around us especially during the Spring.

Once we were taking some visiting Nigerians for a walk locally along the tracks and lanes around our home. A tall, physically ‘tough-looking’, black man asked me in a very serious way,
“My sister, do you have snakes here?”

“Oh no! We don’t have anything like that here,” I replied.

Then as quick as a flash I remembered – we were living in Hampshire-and what had we been told when we moved here?

This was Adder countryside!
The one place renowned for poisonous snakes!
What should I do- retract my words or carry on?
Maybe he had read about them in a guide book?

“Don’t worry.” I said, “the only type that is harmful lives in the sandy areas down by the coast.”

He appeared satisfied and carried on swinging his long stick around.

I couldn’t help recalling a sign we had seen nailed to a tree in some woods not far away.

ADDERS KEEP OUT

At the time I hadn’t understood what it meant and interpreted it as maybe referring to people who counted the different species of flora growing locally and might cause damage as they trampled about.

duh?

It is still on my conscience!

Comments

8 Dec, 2010
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robashfield said:

Very true simplylyn.....Regarding the sign,I have a wife who would have thought the same thing!! Don't tell her though lol!!!!

9 Dec, 2010
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bloominrosey said:

I interpret it as 'adders do not go there' and therefore it is totally safe. Its amazing what punctuations marks can do - hehe

9 Dec, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Oh I didn't think of that! Yes why not? Adders keep out could very well mean either that they obligingly keep away or
(as a command) Adders, KEEP OUT!

A warning to adders eh?
We never saw one in the 19 years years we lived on the edge of the New Forest. Plenty of grass snakes and slow worms.

9 Dec, 2010
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jane said:

A beautifully written blog Lyn.I always feel sad when I see "road kill".Just this morning on the way to work was a poor frozen squirrel lying in the roadside..just trying to survive these freezing temperatures and clearly hit by a car. Just try to balance that with the knowledge that the squirrel at home is happily tucking into the peanuts I left in the crook of the ancient apple tree and hoping he has the sense to stay away from the road. Take care.

10 Dec, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Thanks Jane you are always so encouraging.

10 Dec, 2010
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jane said:

Thats kind of you.I hope you are feeling better soon Lyn.

10 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

what a pity the adders cant read!!!
i hate them! quite happy with all other animals but not snakes.
i saw one at my mums house ~ not sure which type ~ about 9" long and gold ~ lying on an upturned root of heather ~ she lives in devon, it was a warm day but i couldnt tell her that i had even seen it because she has a phobia about them

10 Dec, 2010
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bulbaholic said:

"9 inches long, golden,lying outy in the warm" sounds as if it could have been a slow worm, sticki.

11 Dec, 2010
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stickitoffee said:

oh, ok i needn't have panicked[?] then! it disappeared and i never knew where! mum still doesnt know! i remember now it was in the wheelbarrow on the heather we had dug out ~ i was loading things into the car for the tip, i put the heather back onto the garden hoping it would crawl away but i didnt see it again so it may have gone back in the garden, it may have got to the garden waste recycling place or perhaps its in my car!!!

11 Dec, 2010
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david said:

Am seeing quite a lot of animals on roads here, at the mo, killed by vehicles in spoys where roads should be, but buried under snow. The animals, mainly deer, are probably desperately searching for food, and don't realise they are on roads. There is not the usual "rumble" noise of approaching vehicles heard on road surfaces to warn them. I saw a car hit a small deer the other day (nowhere for either to go to avoid the collision). I stopped, but the poor animal was beyond help. :-((

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