Friday, 19 August 2011

...gehog News...Hedgehog News...Hed...

I've been a bit slack about reporting Hedgehog Activity this year. That's partly because I've just been a bit lazy but mainly because they're not quite so sociable this year as they were last. They've been coming in well after dark which makes it a lot harder to see them, unlike the previous one which turned up at dusk, which is of course the point of being nocturnal. We've still seen them occasionally in the corridor when we've popped outside to do the bins at night:

But more worryingly, we've seen a few of them out in the garden during the day. This, as it turns out, is a Very Bad Thing. Even a cursory Google is enough to know that if you see one in the day you should grab it (carefully, obviously) pop it in a box and take it straight to the nearest Hogspital. Needless to say, the good Mrs Mungo was terribly anxious upon learning this and today did exactly that:

Here's Sarah-Louise the Hedgehog (named by Phoebe) sitting on a towel covered hot water bottle, shortly before being whisked off to The Happy Hedgehog Rescue in Yateley. We do know that she's barely old enough to be out of the nest on her own and doesn't have any obvious ticks or signs of illness. I'll update you on her (or maybe his) progress as I get the info.

Serial Cold

I seem to be suffering from the strangest cold I've ever had. Normally of course a cold is accompanied by many unpleasant symptoms, feeling weak and tired, aching all over, sore throat, cough, runny nose, blocked nose, headaches, well, I'm sure you're as familiar with the list as I am.

Usually you experience most of these all at the same time, in parallel as it were. Not this one however, I've had all of those symptoms over the past few weeks or so, one at a time for around three days each, with maybe a day in between of feeling slightly better before the next one kicks in. I'm currently on the runny nose stage and I'm getting a bit fed up with the whole thing! I'm really hoping this will be the last one.

So of course I was excited to hear about the anti-viral drug announcement but sadly it seems it's a long way off from helping me at the moment, although it may have the potential to ease my future suffering.

Friday, 12 August 2011


I'm sure it's just a coincidence (or am I?) but over the past few days four different people who were sitting next to or opposite me on the train have for no apparent reason got up and moved to a different seat.

Tell 'em about the honey...


Is it me, or does the new Dragon, Hilary Devey bear an uncanny resemblance to the Honey Monster?

Hilary Devey

Honey Monster