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Bottoms Up!

Sparky the Squirrel – Bottoms Up 1

Haiku 221

What has Sparky found?

Some things are worth digging for

Bottoms up my friend!

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I was watching Sparky the squirrel rooting around my garden, while I sat under the tree with my afternoon cuppa. Apparently he had eaten all the food I had put out for him and was looking for more.

Sparky the Squirrel – Bottoms Up 2

Suddenly he became very intent on digging something up. So much so that he turned his back on me with a “Bottoms up!”

Whatever he was after was buried deep down. Look at that little bum!

Sparky the Squirrel – Bottoms Up 3

Success! Eventually he found something good to eat and returned to his usual Sparky position. Looking at the hole he’d dug, I now understand the state of my garden!

 

post script: “Bottoms up” is an expression used to encourage someone to drink up. In raising their glass and drinking, the bottom of the glass can be seen.

Looks like another Daft Friday! Have a good one!

 

Pole Dancing

Sparky the Squirrel Pole Dancing

Haiku 211

Sparky begs for food

Any which way he chooses

Pole dancing expert!

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Sparky the squirrel checks to see if I have any food, hanging effortlessly upside down on the grape vines.

Cheeky little rodent!

 

Oi! You! Where’s me Nuts?

Sparky the Squirrel

Haiku 176

Sparky the squirrel

Demanding little fellow

Oi! You! Where’s me nuts?

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This cheeky chops squirrel came right up to me while I was sitting in my garden under the trees. He got up on his hind legs the better to stare at me. He wanted his nuts!

 

Furry Green Balls

Loquat 1

Haiku 143

Small furry green balls

Sprouting like an alien

Weird and wonderful

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Loquat 2

The funny looking loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, starts to blossom in April, just before our winter sets in.

Loquat 3

My poor old tree is very old and has lost quite a few branches, yet still soldiers on.

Loquat 4

Always the first to start growing, long before spring, the white flowers soon turn to tiny brown lumps and then to furry green balls.

Loquat 5

Sparky the squirrel loves this fruit, when it is ripe and peach-coloured. He has a few weeks to wait yet.

Loquat 6

I will see him most mornings running his little route across the tops of fences and along branches.

Loquat 7

Selecting his chosen loquat, he then returns carrying it in his mouth and sits in a suitable spot to eat it.

Yum!

 

Sparky on my Stoep

Sparky on my Stoep 1

Haiku 140

Hopping round my stoep

My very own little pet

Dancing for peanuts

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Several times a day Sparky the squirrel hops around our stoep, peeping through the glass door and waiting expectantly for a few nuts.

Sparky on my Stoep 2

I thought he was a greedy little thing, popping by so often, till I realised that there was more than one Sparky, when I happened to see two at the same time! One definitely looks fatter; and one has a straggly tail.

Sparky on my Stoep 3

The fat one sometimes sits on top of the stone rabbit, waiting for his food. He takes the nut and eats it on the stoep. The thinner one always runs far away to eat his.

All of them eat a few and bury a few for the lean times.

Still, I think that each does come by more than once a day. I should put little coloured collars on them so I can tell them apart!

Then I ought to get tiny little identity discs with their name and my telephone number, and then . . . .

 

Have You Hugged A Tree Today?

Sparky Hugging a Tree 1

Haiku 124

In tune with Nature

Have you hugged a tree today?

Sparky Tree Hugger

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Sparky the squirrel is getting braver and braver pottering around my stoep. He digs and delves in all my plant pots, stashing treasure and then retrieving it again.

Sparky Hugging a Tree 2

Here I disturbed him as he was scampering up the grape vine and caught him mid-hug.

Honestly, you’d think he owned the place!

 

Take a Flying Leap

Sparky Takes a Leap 1

Sparky takes a flying leap and pulls a fast one in a disappearing act.

Haiku 120

Sparky takes a leap

It’s poetry in motion

Or maybe not quite!

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Sparky Takes a Leap 2

The above photo shows Sparky as he prepared himself before he took the plunge!

A moment before he had been sitting on top of the stone frog. It’s a pity I didn’t have my camera handy then!

 

Expressions

Take a flying leap: Tell someone who is annoying to go away

Pull a fast one: To successfully deceive someone

Do a disappearing act: To go away or be impossible to find when needed

Poetry in motion: Moving gracefully or beautifully

Take the plunge: Decide to do something you are nervous about

 

Isn’t the English language marvellous?

 

Sparky is Thirsty!

Sparky Takes a Drink

After working hard to bury his treasure, which he is still doing in my plant pots (see earlier post; Buried Treasure) little Sparky the squirrel is in need of a drink.

Sparky on my Stoep

It is the cutest thing to watch him pottering around on my stoep.

Even cuter to watch him drinking from the dog bowl: that the Olive Thrush bathes in!

Sparky Takes a Drink 2

Just look at those little legs!

 

Buried Treasure

Sparky the Squirrel 1

Ahoy there, me Hearties! Cap’n Sparky here.

I’m just burying me Treasure in this ‘ere pot.

Sparky the Squirrel 2

I’ll bury it nice and deep so it’ll be safe under this spiky plant until I’ll be needing it again. 

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I’m sure Sparky’s treasure will be safe there in my pot. I’m just worried about my poor Asparagus fern; since Sparky was really digging down deep into the roots!

 

Hello Baby!

Baby Squirrel 1

Two baby squirrels have been frolicking around my garden lately. They used to have a parent in tow, but now they appear solo.

Baby Squirrel 2

When I went outside and saw the little family on the grass, the parent would immediately run away to safety, while the kids just stared at me!

They still have a lot to learn about the ways of the world.

Baby Squirrel 3

My most recent encounter was when I walked round the side of the house to check on my honeysuckle. I turned the corner and spotted the two baby squirrels scratching around the bushes. We all instantly froze!

Baby Squirrel 4

Very slowly, I turned my back on them and took a step away then stood still. Next second one of the squirrels darted right in front of me, past my foot, headed for the relative safety of the bird bath. A moment later the second squirrel passed by me on my right, leaping along the grass in little bounds.

It wasn’t the safest escape route, but I guess they will learn in time.

 

post script: You can see from the last photo just how far away the tiny squirrel was. Also, he was sitting in the bright sunlight. Both these factors made it very hard for my little Canon camera to capture a clear shot, but hopefully you can see well enough.