Earlier this month I introduced you all to my crew. Well, I am delighted to announce that we have a new addition in the form of Squashy, Patch’s cousin, who is freshly arrived from the US of A this morning. Understandably, Patch is beyond himself with excitement and is chattering away nineteen to the dozen while poor Squashy looks around faintly disoriented at his new surroundings. Poor little fellow is a bit rumpled and squashed from the long journey and I think we ought to leave him be, so he can get over his jet lag. I’ve no idea how long he’ll be staying but he’s very welcome, although I do hope our monthly nut allowance expands to accommodate having another mouth to feed. Here’s a pic of him, me and Patch (l-r).
The village of Dorking is in mourning after the sudden passing of a local celebrity.
I was shocked to hear the recent news about Albie aka Percy aka Snowy’s untimely passing. The striking albino squirrel was recently killed in a tragic hit and run accident. Local greys in the Dorking area have credited Albie aka Percy aka Snowy as he was variously known with raising the credibility of non-red squirrels in the area and going a long way to improving their image and standing in the community. He will be sorely missed.
R.I.P little fellow. Hope your nut store runneth over in that great tree in the sky.
Every self-respecting squirrel has a group of friends that forms his entourage, or as I prefer to call them, my crew. It’s time you all met mine so, after a gruelling photo shoot yesterday, here we are in all our glory. Good looking bunch of squirrels (and chipmunk), eh?
From l-r, da Crew is as follows: Handsome little old me, Squizzey; then little Detty, our explosions expert, in his Welsh scarf; behind him is Heike, my German mail-order intended bride (although I am strongly resisting the loveless match and remain very happily single). She’s not really part of my crew. I think she’s just trying to muscle in on that coconut. Next to her and valiantly trying to wrest the coconut from her evil grip is Patch, my American buddy. He’s fab & a whizz at opening coconuts. His neighbour is Fluffy, the weather squirrel. If you ever wonder why it’s squirrel grey outside, then that’s all down to Fluff. Next up is little Leo, the baby of the pack and, I have to admit, he can be a bit of a pawful at times. Last up is another American and an honorary member of the squirrel entourage, given that he’s really our distant cousin, its Chip. Nice guy. Pretty quiet for an American but great at foraging so always handy to have around.
We had a brill wrap party after the shoot as we got to keep the rather lovely large assortment of nuts in the picture: almonds (my fave, yum!), hazelnuts (pretty tasty) and walnuts (bleurgh – Heike got those).