The Chairman Writes…

At last some warm sunshine and it is such a joy to smell the wonderful roses as they filter through my kitchen window.  Is summer here at last I ask myself.

Dear friends I can not describe how incredibly busy it has been over the past few weeks and first to arrive was a tiny duckling who I have named Buttercup.  She is growing fast as each day passes playing in her pen on my back lawn.  Next came a telephone call asking if I could care for a small dog for a week who I hasten to add was fourteen years of age.  The couple did not wish to put her into kennels and so Millie arrived at my house!  She was such a dear sweet little dog.  David and I loved her from the first moment she stepped inside the house.  She was absolutely no trouble at all and she followed me everywhere.  The week went so quickly and suddenly there was an empty basket.  We had both grown accustomed to having Millie around and we missed her.  We told the couple that when ever they go away Millie will always be welcome to come and stay.

One evening there as a knowck at the door and upon opening it I foud two people with a box.  I could not believe my eyes when I opened the top of the box and saw a little owl just like my Harry.  He had been found by the couple in the middle of the road and had been hit by a car.  It appeared his back was badly bruised which meant he could not fly.  I am pleased to report that he is doing extremely well and I have named him Humphrey!

Twinkle the baby wild rabbit is now fully grown and doing very well.  She is an absolute delight and loves her cuddles and the warm sunshine.  Then came Digby the young crow who most certainly keeps us on our toes and who calls very loudly for food or until he gets his own way, even if its not feeding time!

Finally a dove who I have named Lucy has been our most recent arrival.  She is such a gentle bird and unfortunately arrived with very few tail feathers and we can only assume she was attacked by one of the hawk family.  She is unable to fly properly but is enjoying living in the large aviary where food is available at all times and it has several nice perches for her to sit on an preen herself.

As the days and weeks continue we are in undated with new arrival and these wonderful animals and birds keep us extremely busy and fill our days from dawn to dusk but they also bring us joy and smiles.

Thank you dear friends again for your wonderful donations, letters, cards, stamps, gifts and bedding.  The above items help us to look after the animals and I know many are struggling to make ends meet at the moment but your kindness does make a huge difference.  Thank you so much.  Finally, thank you all for your good wishes and for your continued support.  My good wishes to you all.

Betty xx