He quickly pulled on his boots and coat, grabbed a torch and went out - nothing to be seen or heard. He shone a light into the hen house, all was as it should be, they were locked in and secure. Three sleepy old hens were a little disgruntled at being disturbed, one blinked a bleary eye and muttered.
As the wood seemed peaceful and calm, with nothing obviously wrong, George made his way back to the gate and as he did so, he was stopped in his tracks by two red and unblinking eyes; bright in the dark stillness of the night.
Had I been out there I would probably have turned tail and run, but George waved his arms, stamped his feet, shooed at whatever it was - to no effect. So he upped his game, lunged closer, shouted more loudly - still the eyes watched him.
He pulled out the torch, flicked it on and found he had been charging at some cd's which were reflecting the moonlight!
During the growing season we put 'cages' over tender plants, to protect them from the attention of hungry birds; for added effect we also attach old cd's (usually the freebies which come with newspapers/magazines)which blow around and reflect the full colour spectrum helping to discourage the birds. During the winter these frames are stored in the wood... and it seems that two of the cd's had become fixed and just happened to be catching the moonlight and reflecting red.
We also hang a few from a couple of trees simply because they look lovely when the sunlight catches them and sets rainbows of light dancing through the gardens.
I attempted to recreate the 'wild eyes' effect tonight (for blogging purposes, you understand) but because the wind was blowing everything about it was impossible to get two cd's to reflect the same colour simultaneously.
The hens were very reluctant to get out of their house this morning, despite being offered some warm mash and tempting scraps. George thought it was because of the light dusting of snow and the intense cold - I'm not so sure. I think it probably took them a long time to get back to sleep after having their door opened and a torch shone at them.
The long awaited winter snow began here about an hour ago, the wind is blowing it into small drifts - George is as excited as a little boy - he is really looking forward to being able to build a snowman with Harry. So please cross your fingers that we get sufficient for that little project - a mini one will do nicely!
Earlier today I made a pan of spicy lentil soup and a batch of bread loaves. Time for supper!