Wednesday, 23 September 2015

At long last!

It's taken us years to capture 'Spike the Hedgehog' in a reasonably decent night time photo, under the garden spotlights, but one evening the week before last, Len managed to catch him whilst he was somewhat preoccupied:
He did turn his head to cast a beady eye at the camera, and then quickly returned to the object of his interest:
Oh help - he'd only brought a girlfriend to dinner! And we don't think dinner was the only thing on the menu either.

Len has now christened them 'Horace and Doris' - quite why is lost on me :)

The worry is, if there are little 'Spikelets' in a few weeks time as a result, we'll be doing the hedgehog rescue palaver all over again.

In fact it got even more complicated - later on we found CCTV shots of THREE hedgies dancing around the lawn playing 'ring a ring o' rosies'! Little perishers :)

Di
x

32 comments:

Pat said...

What a great picture of the two hedgehogs Di and rather late in the year for amorous activity I would have thought. Perhaps the third one was trying to entice Spike's lady friend to visit his neck of the woods instead or else this is a jolly little threesome.. hahaha. x

Cathy said...

Cute pics, hope they don't do too much damage in your garden, Cathy x

Mrs A. said...

Oh eck! They do say 3's a crowd. hugs Mrs A.

Jane Willis said...

It does seem a funny time of year for hanky panky - perhaps they were just trying to keep warm! Do hedgehogs hibernate?
jane

Diane said...

Oh you are so lucky Di, just think of all the slugs and bugs they will gobble up for you. I would LOVE them to come into our garden

Jane said...

Awwww I adore hedgepig Di what lovely photos. Hugs xx

Sammy said...

Oh how sweet! And a girlfriend (or two!) too! We had a hedgehog (named Harry. May have been short for Hariette.) living in our garden for a couple of years. He (she?) was the sweetest thing, and I for one certainly appreciated the reduction in the phenomenal slug population around here. One day he simply vanished. we all miss him snuffling around the garden, and hope he found a nice new home and is safe somewhere! x

Sarah said...

Wonderful to see these two Di!! xx

ike said...

How wonderful to see the Heggies :-D We actually get them out here on my little Greek island (unfortunately I only see the results of road pizza Heggies :-( so sad) but I never even knew we had them here ! I wonder what they eat all summer when it's too hot for the snails to come out ????? :-)

Thank you very much to.... I got my Pixie Mail this morning with my Playground winner's stamps :-D Thank you Di xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

SARN said...

GOOD SHOT LEN! xxx

Diane said...

Well, aren't these just the cutest...I have never seen these, they remind me of a porcupine, are they the same thing? But these look much smaller. A wonderful "nature" pic!!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Haha wot fun and games indeedy Miss... ring a ring a rosie indeedy! well done..
Shaz in Oz.x

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brenda said...

You (or Len) did well to capture them in a photo, they are adorable albeit full of fleas !

I've been trying for years to manage that with ours. Trouble is the dogs all give them hassle so as soon as they hear us they assume it's in the form of a lab or terrier and make for the undergrowth.

B x

Sandy said...

I don't think we have hedgies around here, so this is the first I've gotten a good look at them (and Len's photos are fantastic). They are quite cute.

Pippa said...

Di, you are so lucky to have a single hedgehog in the garden, never mind a whole family. I don't think you need worry about babies until next year as hedgehogs should now be fattening up ready to hibernate for the winter.
Great photos of them!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Great pix from Len. Have fun with your hedgies ;)
Hugs,
Em x

Krisha said...

Great pictures are well worth the wait.....and you got 'em!!

Jacee said...

Oh my, how cute, you have your own safari park going on out there!!! LOL
Hugs Jacee
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Sue - said...

Great pic - well done Len! I wish I had one in my garden even if it did give the cats fleas! I can deal with those better than all the slugs and snails!

April Cheetham said...

Oh gorgeous hedgies! :-) Xx

Carol L said...

Well done with the camera Len! That's the first one I've seen in a real photo! The only ones I've ever seen before have been Penny Black or SU! images! LOL

Karen Petitt said...

It's when they start dancing around a pole that you know yer in trouble! Although they is very cute Karen x

Kathleen said...

Oh, how exciting, not just one but three, Chris says we have one and I know we have a fox but what do you feed Hedgies?

Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

So cute hedgiehogs! Well done with the camera! They will make a lot of babies!! :D
In my zone there are a lot of them, but they cross the road to go to look for the water and little worms in the streams, so the cars crush them... :(

Brenda in IN said...

Oh my, you have a hedgehog hotel! They are so cute and to have them right where you can see them is fun. I've never seen one in person (is that what you say) or is it in animal? Nevertheless, they are cute and I can't wait to see the babies.

Greta said...

I didn't realize they actually lived where people saw them in the wild! Great pictures & hope they don't overtake the playground!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Oh, please, Miss, can we have a lottery for the babies? I'll take one! Do hedgies and hamsters get along? Perhaps I'd better research that before I go on dreaming of it! Excellent job on the photos, Len! At last, at last!! Hugs, Darnell

mamapez5 said...

Wonderful photos Di. I'd love to have some little spikelets dancing around my garden, and think of all the slugs they will eat for you! Kate x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Fab photos! So cool, your little hedgehog get together! I saw Darnell is already thinking babies - that would be even more fun!

Lucy Woods said...

Holy moly and whole heard of hedgies!!! Lol
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Elizabeth said...

Just taking some time out to do a bit of blog hopping and had to pop in and say how much I love these pics of Spike and his 'mates' ... the next few weeks could be interesting for you but I hope there's no baby hedgies ... tell Spike it's too late, winter's on its way! Hugs, Elizabeth xx

PS: almost got this room in order so hopefully normal service will be resumed very soon :)