Tuesday, 20 April 2010


At this time of year, when the weather allows, we eat on our open terrace in front of the cottage.

With daytime temperatures at about 22 degrees C, we need shade at mid-day. When not used, our large dark green parasol is always let down and tied up, to avoid a gust of wind whisking it away. The next day, at lunch time, when re-opened there are tiny bats (probably Pipistrelles) nesting between its folds. They don't stay for long as both the heat and the brightness soon become too much for them, and they fly off to find another dark cool spot.

Cute, aren't they!
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  1. That's a great picture, Lady M. You think they would learn, wouldn't you?

  2. Sometimes they settle on the inside, and when I open it up they fly all over the place. Yes, you'd think they'd find somewhere more permanent.

  3. they almost look cute enough to pet!