Diary of Edward Squirrel by Mairi
Edward Squirrel and his wife Jane and their babies, Kate and Alice, have
been homeless ever since their tree was blown down two years ago. Finally
they found a new home.
1st March 2004
Jane and I have just solved an argument. She's a town squirrel and I'm
a country squirrel and we can't decide where to live. We think that we
could live in a village as a compromise. Jane's looking at every map she
can get her paws on.
2nd March 2004
We've found one! It's called Crosshill and it's out in the South Ayrshire
3rd March 2004
We've moved in. We found the Sycamore in an abandoned churchyard. "Cheery
place" Jane noted, but liked it. Frpm down on the ground it looked
huge. As we all looked up into its spreading branches, Kate squealed,
"It looks just like an umbrella." It should give us good shelter
until the leaves fall off.
The Sycamore is hollow and I have made our bedroom or den in the thickest
part of the thickest branch. The infants are going to sleep there too
until we make them a room.
5th March 2004
The family next door are leaving bread out for the birds, so we are pretty
well off for food. Along with the spilled rabiit food, we are able to
give the kids a balanced diet.
6th May 2004
The sun shines through a hole in the bottom of the tree. It heats up a
pile of rocks we use to keep the rooms upstairs warn. Jane and I take
turns carrying them up in the evening and carrying them down in the morning.
20th September 2004
This morning I started building the infants' drey with twigs and leaves
from the sycamore. Just as I was adding the fur and feathers I fell off
and landed in the midden in a heap. Jane rushed out and was more concerned
about the nuts that I might have crushed than me!! She pulled me out of
the midden and ordered me to show the infants how to use my tail as a
prachute and how to land on it as a cushion.
The infants had great fun parachuting out of the Sycamore and landing
on the midden that Jane was trying to fix. She moaned, "This is our
winter supply of nuts. You don't want to starve do you!"
She went into such a strump that I gathered together a bouquet of helicopter
seeds from the tree. She
gave me a hug and nibbled them all night.
16th October 2004
It was a lovely autumn night and after the infants were snuggled up in
their drey Jane and I sat looking through the multi-coloured leaves, "Just
think that all these leaves will soon be gone. The leaves nake the tree
look as though it's on fire."
House is working out fine. The kids are happy that there are plenty of
seeds and nuts to eat around here.
31st October 2004
Tonight we are going to have great fun! We are going to make people think
the Sycamore is haunted!
We were sitting on the warm pile of stones waiting for the village children
to arrive. Kate and Alice were jumping up and down with anticipation.
They said they were practising for their trick or treat, but we knew they
were just excited. Jane ran to the gates of the church to see if the village
children were coming - they were! Two-red furry shapes darted up the tree.
Jane and I picked up some small stones and got ready to throw them. We
had great fun. Jane and I sat in the tree making spooky noises and the
infants jumped up and down on the branches. Every child that came near
the tree ran away, screaming their heads off!
1st November 2004
Counting down the days till Halloween!
Mwah ha ha!