Last year I made a stepping stone of two fish using mesh, but it didnt work out very well. The mesh meant that it didnt get enough attachment to the cement, so stones worked lose. That was a shame, but you live and learn. This meant I had to replace it.

Every day I have been putting out food for Cassidy. He is the local stray cat, who has a bad back leg. He gets the sympathy vote as he hobbles along. My lifes ambition was to catch Cassidy and socialise him. However my cat Bella had other ideas. I then discovered that Cassidy has a buffet lunch every day as he wandered around several houses, where he is also known as George, Tinker and God knows what else. Not only that but he was fussy with his food, excuse me! I couldnt work out which cat was eating the food until I nearly trod on a hedgehog on the doorstep one night. The dry cat food was being munched away. I decided to call the hedgehog Hilary, as I had no idea of its sex.  then discovered that Hilary was also doing the rounds! This has to be one of the better places to be an animal.

Hilary should be hibernating soon. S/he has made a nest in ‘the house opposites’ garden.

So here is a stepping stone I have dedicated to Hilary. I had to do it quickly as I have been so busy this summer and needed to get it done before the weather turned.  I am somewhat worried as to how any of my mosaics will survive the winter. I heard on the news the the Siberian something or the other Swan had been spotted, and the last time it was seen this early was 1964! Mere mention of the winter of 1964 struck fear into me heart! I was only twelve, but we were off school for weeks as the toilets froze inside the school. Temperatures were minus thirty and the sea froze for a mile . It is imprinted on my memory. We are simply not geared up for that kind of weather in this country. In those days we didn’t even have any central heating and only single glazed sash windows. I remember scratching ice off from the inside of my bedroom. However, it cannot have been as grim as the winter of 1947, the previous big freeze, in those days people still had coal and food on rationing! People were told to share their lounges in rotation to keep warm.

I do hope Hilary will be alright.

Hopefully she will have fattened up on the food I and (undoubtedly countless) others have been giving her.

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