Saturday, 2 May 2015

Madhouse diaries : Close encounters of the furred kind !

Yesterday, we (well, I !) decided to head off to a local park to find a new geocache. There was only one cache and it's a pretty boring park to be honest - there's a lovely walk around a huge duck pond but that's it - so I didn't expect much enthusiasm !

First we had a good giggle at the ducks waving their bums in the air. Bottoms up !

Then we oohed and aahed at the grown up ducklings.

And we found a lovely pale blue duck egg. The kids were very impressed to see beak marks where the little duckling had pecked its way out.

As we headed over to the geocache area, I screamed.

Not because I was scared but because I very nearly stepped on this little fella !

I'm not sure what he is - a vole or a water rat? - but he was totally unfazed by human presence and just sat there, rooting around and nibbling on the grass.

 He was still sitting there when we left so I hope he scurried away eventually before geting eaten by a fox.

Just a few yards away was the geocache site.

It was easy to find and we swapped a "magic crystal" for a rabbit-shaped Sillyband.

I had a giggle at the log - some people are getting a bit ahead of themselves !

Now this looks like the perfect place for a geocache, but I'm glad it wasn't in there because it was full of spiders webs (and probably spiders).

Our exciting encounter with the water rat or whatever it was reminded us of another adventure when we came across a very friendly hedgehog in another park, so click through if you want to see some pictures of a rather spikier chum.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Aww bless his little furry face! What a lucky chance encounter! How lovely that you met a little hedgehog too :) Just lovely! x #CountryKids

    Caro |

  2. Love stumbling upon wildlife! What a cute little face he had. I've always been intrigued by geocaching but never given it a go. #countrykids

    1. Oh you really should give it a go, it's totally addictive and takes you to places you'd never find otherwise. Look on to see if there are any near to where you live :)

  3. Wow what a wildlife treat on your trip out, always makes an outing a little more special when you stumble over the unexpected. I think your water rat is far to cute to be a rat, like an overgrown mouse so I', saying a vole? Very cute. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    1. According to people on facebook, his nose isn't rounded enough to be a vole (which is the same thing as a water rat apparently) so, cute as he may be, he's a brown rat - eek ! lol


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