Hunting and stalking favourite time of year
As the nights begin to draw in and the mornings start later I get much more time for recovery overnight as the two leggeds don't seem so keen at getting up and less keen on going to bed late! So when I am out and about there is plenty of energy left to keep an eye on my island. That said there remains lots of patrolling to be done too as my friendly pheasant has now taken to sheltering in the lee of the house which is next to my window and every time I get out I have to chase him away to keep the patio clear.
However the real excersise is reserved for stalking the roe deer who seem to be wonderfully camouflauiged with their brown tanned hides and the brown alburn bracken. We try and maintain a herd of 12 on the island and clearly part of my role here is to keep them on their toes. The fine summer seesm to have insured that there are plenty of young about and with a plentiful supply of food at the moment and lots of cover for them to hide in its a challenge to spot them but easier to chase them although my older bones are starting to show their age and chasing is more in hope than possibility. Anyway they dont know and one day i might surprise them with an increase in pace!