Things That Go Bump

”fae ghosties and ghoulies and lang-legged beasties and things that go bump in the nicht… guid lord, deliver us” – so goes and old Scottish prayer – no wonder they voted to stay in the EU!


I mean, a body needs their sleep and so, in the event that these ‘things’ are disturbing and disrupting a good nights rest then one can call in the power of the EU and its amazing array of regulations in order to bring some peace and tranquillity. I mean, there is bound to be something that says the dead shouldn’t be up and about, especially after midnight when the discos have to close down!

My question is, ‘What about squirrels at dawn?’

Where’s the enforcement of regulations to curb the antics of Caucasian/Syrian/Persian Squirrel – Sciurus anomalus? The little sods are a bundle of energy and and they start their day with a game of rugby on the roof of our cabin. The fact that they were here before us, living in the big, old pine is neither here nor there!

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zoom in on those ‘pinkies’ – formidable!

Then there are other ‘ghoulies’ that prey in innocent, passing victims . .

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Small Pincertail/Green-eyed Hooktail – Onychogomphus forcipatus – female

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the male

. . long legged beasties and the things that go bump in the night?


Not true, actually, well she is certainly long-legged, but she sleeps gently and quietly, rises at a reasonable time and is mostly not scary at all!

Alan Fenn, back home in the mountains.

14 thoughts on “Things That Go Bump

  1. Ah, the peace of the countryside….water rails raising stink at 5.30 am; [un]melodious blackbirds croaking themselves fit for the day, coyotes howling at night…no wonder we need an afternoon nap – if not disturbed by the parrots fighting it out in the tree by the balcony.

  2. Alan, Not very scary at all. In fact, we love your beasties. Those naughty squirrels are adorable and your photos of them make them look particularly impish. Can’t wait to take them in ourselves. J and M

  3. My sister’s house in south London is very crowded so, when I stay, she’s puts me up in the shed – a well-appointed shed with heating, electricity, TV and carpet – but a shed nonetheless. I’m kept awake by the bleedin’ foxes, cats and assorted birds partying on the roof. I feel your pain! 😀
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  4. Hi Alan. I love these little chaps. So cute. I see them when I am walking out at Arikbasi but I have not seen them in your lovely valley. I expect they prefer the undisturbed peace of the mountains. Sadly, you have very few choices but you could perhaps choose a different roof. All the pictures are delightful. We have lots of grey squirrels in our garden here, they too are very cute and smart. They climb up the walls of the house and take residence in the loft when it’s cold, they also chase my cat and eat all the bird food but they give us hours of fun just watching them. Hope you are both well. Best wishes from a London driven mad by Politics, why can’t the Squirrels run the country, might make a better of job of it and so much more interesting to watch. Mary

  5. Just outside of Boston in Lincoln, Massachusetts we have spent years putting up with the raucous antics of the squirrels in the attic — scampering, scuttling, chewing and having a grand ol’ time in the wee hours. They, however, were much better that the raccoon who made his way up from the basement one night (raccoon can be nasty bed-fellows). I love your insect photos — they are beautiful–the delicate wings, powerful pincers, intense colors….oh please do more insect photos!!
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