Saturday, December 29, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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Christmas Day began early for myself and So Cruise as we set off for our Night Patrol around Maidencombe just after midnight. There was an extra present in my back pack - a generous slice off So Cruise's Christmas dinner - a leg of lamb. In a fairytale world, its recipient was to be Becbla, my totally blind vixen who depended on me for food. She had gradually lost sight over a period of months, but fortunately had known me when sighted and had taken food at quite close quarters. I was only hopeful that she would be able to take this prize as many factors conspired against her on a nightly basis. She no longer came close, preferring to wait some way off and relying on me to throw her food from anything up to 25 yards. If other foxes were in the vicinity, they would dash up and snatch the food from her jaws as she was unable to defend herself. Her only advantage was her sex - a blind dog fox would have little chance of survival and would be attacked and killed. I had seen her running alongside younger foxes and was fairly sure she had been an 'auntie' in the upbringing of these younger foxes. We arrived at the designated field system just before 1 am and So Cruise, my faithful collie cross, sat and waited as I set off down the side of the hill to see if Becbla was in the vicinity. A quick sweep with a high intensity beam revealed her lying down some 60 yards away and she retreated into a hedgerow as soon as the beam illuminated her - being sensitive to light. Turning my head torch off, I advanced slowly towards the spot where she had been. About 30 yards away, I stopped and waited, knowing from experience that she would probably emerge in a few minutes time - though perhaps in a different area. I was aware of another fox watching me from higher up the field which didn't help matters. If it saw me throw the meat, it would be on it in an instant. Several minutes passed and I was on the point of giving up when the clouds cleared and the area was lit up by a 90% waxing gibbous moon overhead. Then suddenly, I spotted a movement in the hedge about 30 yards off - at the extreme range for throwing accurately. It was now or never, and I threw the meat with a whispered prayer. As the meat was still arcing in the air I whirled and shone my head torch straight at the other watching fox. Dazzled, it turned and fled. Wheeling, I could just make out Becbla searching for the meat which she had heard hit the ground a few feet away. She probed the ground for a few seconds and then I saw her lift her head with the meat in her mouth and she then immediately turned and disappeared with her Christmas meal. The whole episode had seemed to be only a matter of a few minutes, but when I looked at my watch I was surprised to see that it had lasted all of twenty minutes. I hastened up the hill to find So Cruise still waiting patiently for me. As we continued our journey, I reflected on the magical quality of the night and the oh so real Christmas Day story of Becbla, the blind vixen. Her taking of the lamb treat the best Christmas present of them all ...
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
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Friday, December 21, 2012
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Thine gracious hosts, Mick & Fiona will regale the assemblage with food and drink aplenty. All in all, a merry and traditional evening awaits ...
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Those strange people known world-wide as 'hashers' are coming to Maidencombe this Tuesday December 11th. The Ashburton Hash House Harriers will 'circle up' outside the Thatched Tavern pub at 7:30 pm to get their instructions from the 'hare' who, hopefully, will have laid a trail for the hash to follow. After the trail, the hash will repair to the bar for sustenance - as after all - hashing clubs throughout the world share the same ideal: 'Drinkers with a running problem' ...
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 13:05
Thursday, December 06, 2012
There are nine Community Partnerships within Torquay and submissions from all the components make-up have been registered with the Neighbourhood Forum. Maidencombe's submission is a concise and strong document placing safeguards on particular areas for protection. The submission can be read on the Maidencombe Residents Association website: www.maidencombe.org
Now is your opportunity to register your feedback on Maidencombe in the enclosed form. I will be posting a link to the form in the right hand panel.
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 13:21
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
The ominous forecast of up to an inch of rain to fall on Sunday happily proved to be inaccurate as barely a quarter of an inch was recorded by my weather station (wheelbarrow on the lawn). No appreciable increase in surface water noted Sunday night. The combe remains saturated, however, and it will still take weeks for the watercourses to clear.
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Sunday, December 02, 2012
Posted by MR CRUISEDOG at 23:47
Just as the combe was starting very slowly to drain from the floods a week ago, yet another band of rain is sweeping in from the west which inevitably will bring more flooding. Up to an inch of rain will fall from midday today for roughly an eighteen hour interval. Some of this rain will be very heavy so batten down the hatches and ensure the gutters outside your properties are clear.
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