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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 23rd August 2012


I had a very rude awakening in the early hours of the morning. My cat was howling/screetching. I leaped out of bed and saw Tamby cowering on the landing.
When I went to investigate I was confronted by a very scared looking fox – not sure who was the most scared – him or me.

Trouble was that the fox had come in through the cat flap but couldn’t get out again because I always shut it to stop Tamby going out at night. Fortunately between the staircase to my flat and the flat itself, there is a half glass door. I shut it and then pulled on a thick dressing gown, thick boots and rubber gloves just in case the fox went for me.

As I went down the stairs, the fox shot past me up the stairs and then could go no further because of the closed door. The poor thing was leaping right up to the ceiling. I opened the front and the porch doors but the creature wouldn’t come down. Eventually I had to go and sit on the wall in the road leaving both doors open. I noticed that it had a mate waiting in the middle of the road a short way from the house.

After about five minutes, the fox shot out through the door. Unfortunately it had left a small calling card on the carpet. I’ve washed it, put disinfectant on it, burnt incense, sprayed air freshener and still the smell persists.

My poor cat was so traumatised that when I got back to bed, he was there right up by the pillow and didn’t budge when I got into it.

I think the fox might have been attracted to some Fat balls which I’d bought for the birds. They were in a big plastic box so how the Fox found them, I’ve no idea.

I hope it doesn’t happen again and I’m loathe to get an electronic cat flap because Tamby would have to wear a heavy collar which I know he would heartily dislike.

I would never harm any animal and always feel very sad when I see a dead fox by the side of the road, but I do rather like them at a distance and last night the fox was a little too close for comfort.

Needless to say, Tamby has hardly left my side all day.

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