Dad loses his foxy tenant but Moregeous gain an unexpected one

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I was emailed this fabulous foxy picture from one of our tenants this week of a town fox taking up residence in our newly spruced up doorway. The early morning Sunday snoozer didn’t look like he much cared to let anyone in or out, I so wish I’d seen him happily curled up on the mat myself. The tenant who papped him had upgraded just last week from one block to this larger one bed flat next door, leaving my caretaker dad a little disgruntled as I think she was his favourite resident. Everything to do with her sunny demeanour and nothing to do with her summery bronzed legs, I’m guessing, ahem. It seemed everyone was following her upgrading pattern, with the roosting pigeons from next door’s much more scratty rental block (not mine!) moving from above their doorway to above our gorgeous stripped timber door and now the fox. Him, I don’t mind, the pigeons will be getting spikes up their bums very soon with some specially bought deterrent strips!

I like to think the fox rather liked our black metro tiled doorway and had heard that we’re going to be tiling the garden soon and decided to stake a claim to a glam Burton Rd garden, though this wet weather has put paid to any tiling this August. I did manage to get some herbs and flowers in over at another block but outside work this year has been fairly limited, with no vegetables and soggy garlic bulbs 😦

Some things have grown despite all the rain. We’ll definitely be planting some more Elephant Garlic cloves just to give the beautiful heads of purple flowers like the single one I left to flower this year. I’d never planted it before and the trick is to chop the heads off to encourage the garlic bulb to flourish underground, but I left one stalk growing to see what it was like… the answer was 5ft high, a total bee magnet and fab!

Elephant Garlic purple flower head

Completely inundated with blackberries too, though very early this year. Stuffed myself with blackberry crumble throughout the Olympics – body’s a temple and all that – and there’s a fresh batch coming through again this week. It’s a good job as I’ve somehow (wine o’clock) managed to sign up for Thyme Out Deli’s WestFest Bake-Off challenge.

Blackberry & white chocolate cheesecake, I’m thinking. First time for everything 😉

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