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26 mars 2012 1 26 /03 /mars /2012 19:17

Dearest readers,

 

Très chers lecteurs que je néglige un peu en ce moment,

 

I know I'm beyond late with anything blog-related and also with anything house-work, laudry or painting related... But this you can't tell!

 

I'm busy-busy-busy-busy-busy (yes, that much) at work and it's also the time of year in France where we can apply for new teaching jobs... Not that I have any chance given it works with a weird system of points and I don't have any... But I still apply (you never know!) and so it means, writing a lot of letters, trying to have the right persons on the phone (which can take hours with the French administration!).

 

Je suis débordée par le boulot et je laisse un peu le blog de côté... Mais je lis toujours les vôtres avec mon thé du matin!

 

Still we've had a really fine weather for three days now. So today, after work, I thought I could go weed a little before going back to my desk and laptop! It's not something I usually do during the weekday... So I feel I was "called" to do it.

 

Pourtant, il fait tellement beau depuis trois jours qu'en rentrant du travail, je me suis dit que j'allais désherber un  peu... Cela ne me ressemble pas de faire cela en semaine... C'est comme si on m'avait appelé du fond du jardin...

 

For as I was weeding...  Car alors que j'arrachais des mauvaises herbes...

 

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What you can't see anything?

 

I didn't either at first... And then I did a double take, like "what was that?"

 

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A hedgehog was stuck in the new fence I had installed last year, which has smaller holes than the old one (the aim was to avoid foxes not hedgehogs!)... This one obviously hadn't noticed he had put on some weight!

 

Un hérisson qui ne s'était pas rendu compte qu'il avait pris du poids était coincé dans la toute nouvelle clôture... dont les mailles sont plus étroites que celles de la précédente...


I first thought it was dead and then as I tried to touch him (OK, I didn't really check if it was a "him", but I named it Nestor, so boy it is!), I noticed the faintest breathing.

 

The poor thing was exhausted because it had probably been hunging there all day, possibly part of the night as well. I had to put two pairs of garden gloves on to be able to touch him... But I was unable to free him: I tried pulling gently and pushing gently, nothing worked... So I decided to cut my brand new fence... What else could I do?

 

J'ai essayé de le pousser, de le tirer, rien n'a bougé, mais il respirait faiblement, probablement épuisé. J'ai donc dû me réigner à couper mon grillage...


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Can you see where I had to cut the fence? I waited for a few seconds, but Nestor was obviously too tired to move so I took him in my well-protected hands. He was so afraid his breathing was completely irregular...

 

And he fell asleep...

 

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I brought him some milk... But he wouldn't drink, even with a seringe... Too tired and frightened...

 

After a quarter of an hour I went to check on him and he was more peaceful... So I was able to see some of him...

 

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I love that on the picture you can also see the torn fence... It was forth it, though... Isn't he the cutest thing? He's also very useful in a gaden.

 

I had sworn I would not go back to check on him in order for him to go back to his usual wild life... But I really couldn't concentrate on my work... So I went back one last time...

 

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I can only hope he won't be there anymore tomorrow morning... Good luck Nestor!

 

Je ne peux que souhaiter qu'il ne soit plus là demain matin et qu'il ait repris sa vie de petit (gros) hérisson...

 

Wishing you all the best spring!

 

Magali, from the Little White House xxx

 

 

PS. For those who are wondering about the "2" in the title, the first post by the same title (though on completely different  subject) is here.

 

Nestor is partying there...

 

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Rachel 13/04/2012 04:39

Oh my goodness!You are a life saver! Julia and I were hoping there was a happy ending!

Blooming Rose Musings 02/04/2012 03:52

What a cute little fellow! I hope he is doing well now. I would have cut the fence too. You have a wonderful heart.

dog food 01/04/2012 12:25

Just want to see those hedgehogs play together with so cute and cuddly face. Be careful on handling them because their spikes might hurt you.

Mam 27/03/2012 08:38

Quel beau sauvetage ! Il est vraiment chou ton hérisson ! Moi aussi, j'espère qu'il s'en sortira...

laura@livelovescrap 26/03/2012 20:51

What a heartwarming post! I, too, would have cut my new fence for a little fella like this. Thanks for sharing this story!

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