People who have been visiting this blog for a while will remember the mysterious story of the rat in the kitchen. One morning I came downstairs to find a dead rat, not a mark on it and the two dogs looking as confused as me! No obvious holes for a rat to enter in and no sign that one of the dogs had smuggled it in on their last trip out of the night.
On Saturday we were all sitting around the kitchen table for breakfast when something flew from one end of the kitchen to the other. At first I thought it was a bat as we have a few of those in the garage and one has been flying around at daytime and getting a bit confused. I ran off being a bit scared of fluttery things.
Husband Graham and the kids caught what turned out to be a really beautiful Blue Tit and released it outside to where its mate was waiting.
How did it get there?
Later I was boiling the kettle and I heard a lot of tweeting. The same birds were making a nest in the roof space above the kitchen. They were getting under the roof eves.
The bird had kept flying up to the holes where the lights joined the ceiling which was odd.
I looked closer and there was a bit of a gap between the plaster roses of the light surrounds and the ceilings - the lights are very heavy - previous owner of the house was a bit theatrical - so we have three chandeliers in the kitchen!!!
One of the birds must have wondered what was the other side of one of the holes in the ceiling and got a bit of a surprise.
So if a blue tit could get through that gap - and could get into the roof space in the first place, could a rat? And did it freefall to its death - explaining the total lack of teeth marks?
Must say I do tend to look up before entering the kitchen now!
For those of you following the Our Dogs Forum I'm beginning to think I've done all I can and its time to move on. There are a few people totally entrenched in believing that inbreeding is good, and nothing is ever going to change their minds!
If anyone wants to take over, please do! Pip is doing a great job by the way. Patience of a saint.