Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dear Deer...

Dear Deer,

The other day whilst chatting to friends on Skype I spotted you out of the corner of my eye from the study window about to take a drink from our garden pond. It was lovely to see you in daylight as we normally only ever see you and other members of your herd on the trailcam at night and sometimes in the early morning as the mist is lifting.


With your slender frame, bright dark eyes, and your growing antlers you looked very handsome and quite relaxed given the time of day (late afternoon). You took a small drink from the pond but then moved on to the birdbath which you seemed to prefer. I wondered if you were the same deer I had to rescue from a farmer's dog a few weeks earlier when you were running around and around the garden seeking an escape route? It was fortunate I managed to stop the dog in its tracks by running between you both.


We often see you in the meadows surrounding La Pasera and it was only the other morning when three of your herd grazed the bottom field whilst we watched on and finished our breakfast. There is a lot to eat around the fields and meadows so whilst I don't mind you nibbling the odd raspberry leaf in our soft fruit bed, I really do draw a line at nibbled mange tout and orange tree leaves.


I never saw your sibling until you wandered down towards the winter lettuce and started jumping playfully. You make a splendid pair I must say. I managed to open the window without too much noise but only had my compact camera available but I think I got some reasonable shots of you both. I noticed that you also like one or two of our garden plants...


We realise that April is a more relaxed time for you now that the hunters have stopped harassing you with their dogs and guns, and that you are generally less stressed but if you continue to munch away on our food we might just have to put up some barriers to keep you out. I really wouldn't like to do that, so please take note. We loved your curiosity when you spotted the ceramic hare and wondered what you would make of the cats if you came across them?


You are welcome to visit as your forebears have done over the years but stick to the meadows for your snacks. Take care and safe journey little ones.

Best wishes

La Pasera

ANIMALTALES

32 comments:

  1. How totally magical Ian. Great photos.

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  2. It's always lovely to see them Andrea. Thanks.

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  3. Was really looking forward to seeing these pics. great shots - two young deers visiting two old dears

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    1. I knew you'd get your own back......:-)

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  4. Steve9:25 pm

    Hi,
    Always lovely to see deer, we get them on our land in Langreo quite often.
    Apart from the plant munching, the older ones do drop alot of ticks.

    Part of our land has been left for years and it is teaming with them,
    there's a water source there, so it gets all the deer from the area.

    Fortunately, they don't seem to interested in biting humans though.

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    1. Yes Steve, ticks can be a problem all over Asturias and we are always on the look out for the little blighters.

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  5. Lovely shots Ian, lets hope they head your letter. How are the two boys, on the road to recovery I hope.

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    1. Thanks, let's hope they do otherwise we might have to consider fencing. The two cats are recovering well, not quite back to full health but well on the way.

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  6. Charming. Bless you sharing and especially caring

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    1. Thanks Helen. They are such timid beasts and lovely to have around despite their nibbling.

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  7. Oh how fabulous to see them in your garden, though I can understand not wanting them to munch on your plants and veggies! Lovely photos.

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    1. Thanks Mandy, as long as it's just the occasional nibble I don't really mind - afterall we took away their grazing grounds when the house was built so....

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  8. Oh wow, how lucky you have such lovely guests visit you every now and then. Makes the place look so magical, like a story book ;) #animaltales.

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    1. Thank you, yes they do bring a magical quality to the garden.

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  9. What lovely animals they are. Lovely post.

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  10. They are ever so pretty! How lucky for them that they are welcome to visit.

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    1. We look forward to their vistis really, in the scheme of things they do little harm.

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  11. Oh wow such a lovely sight. We have alot at work, in the nearby fields. Love to watch them. :-)

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    1. They are indeed, enjoy them.

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  12. How lovely to see them in your garden, though I hope they don't much all your trees! #AnimalTales

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    1. So far so good, only a few veg and leaves. It could be a lot worse.

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  13. beautiful, good spot

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  14. Lucas says - Wow!! How lucky are you? Those photos are very cool and I love that they obviously like your garden so much. Definitely one of the best blog posts the Mother has read to me today :) #animaltales

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    1. Cheers Lucas - I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

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  15. Deer in the back garden! Beats sparrows! Cool!

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    1. Deer is good but sparrows also rock....

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  16. Aw - stunning photos and great words. Here's hoping the deer continue to grace you doorstep but leave your plants alone.
    Many thanks for adding this lovely story to #AnimalTales

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    1. Thanks. ALso thank you for organising #AnimalTales

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