Meet my squirrel friend…
We haven’t always been friends. When we first moved into our house, she would be dangling from the bird-feeders, trying to tear them apart and get to the peanuts. Or dig holes in my far-from-perfect lawn. So I would go out in the garden to scare her off.
But over time, she started to grow on me. With her regular visits, antics running from tree to tree, gamboling across the grass and brave attempts to pick last season’s dried old fruit from the tree, she was actually pretty entertaining.
This daredevil squirrel outside my window is making me nervous! A video posted by Eleanor Lovell (@ellielovell) on
I decided instead of chasing her off, I would feed her.
When she comes to the garden, I throw a few nuts out on the patio or the path, and each day she gratefully eats them (and often continues to dig holes in my lawn as she buries them in the garden!) but she doesn’t disturb the bird feeders any longer!
Now, she visits at least once a day, and is getting a lot braver and cheekier. And I actually rather like her.
Maybe in a future blog post I will tell you about my childhood squirrel friend who I trained to come into the house, through the lounge and halfway up the stairs to retrieve peanuts! Probably not so sensible in hindsight, but a achievement for a young girl who loved animals!