5th July 2017
Well it’s certainly been a funny old month here on Mosney!
At times I’ve felt like I’ve been on some kind of crazy roller coaster. It’s a well know fact that I’m a bit of an animal nut. In fact if it’s got claws, feathers fur or hooves, I’m a sucker for it! Over the years the Mosney animal collection has grown and grown, we’ve had, pied crows, a goose whose hiss was far worse than her bite an assortment of battery hens, limping pheasants an even a Barn owl!
Predictably I fall for each of them, like some kind of female Hagrid, however just every now and then you meet that once in a lifetime creature, a real kindred spirit. You get that look from them (they know you know), and an instant mutual respect and understanding is forged. A trust like no other is formed and life with that creature is magical.
I have been lucky enough to experience this a few times in my life not least with my dear friend Scramble. Scramble was a rescued battery chicken, who came to us with her friend Dippy. Both were bald as coots and in need of TLC. Scramble had a year and a half of a life she must have thought of as paradise, accompanying me on many a walk with the dog and cats, scurrying over to peck at my Oreos while taking my daily brew with a view. She had even become partial to a back rub and would stand in a flower pot, pecking on the kitchen window until I came to the back door to oblige!
Unfortunately on my return from the Country Homes and Interiors show, Scramble was very subdued, she went downhill fast and passed away quietly a few days later. I was heartbroken.
To make matters worse, Timothy my rescue rabbit passed away in his sleep. He was the life and soul of the yard, often playing with the cats and chickens during his morning run, before returning to his house in his own stable.
While I’ll miss both creatures, they had enchanted lives here on Mosney, where I’m lucky enough to have a life filled with wonderful animal Characters, each one bringing something special to the party. So here’s to all the animals we’ve known and loved, may we all know many more yet!