July finishes

As July finishes the weather forecast predicts clouds, rain and lower than usual temperatures for the beginning of August.

This is not our usual August weather but no one is surprised as “normal” becomes a word to put behind you and take each day as it comes.

The baby birds in the garden at the moment keep us amused.

They seem to have adolescent bad hair days.

The young blackbird will soon change and become an elegant bird with sleek black feathers but the feathers on the head have stayed brown and mottled.

There are another two occupants of the front garden that have lived with us for six years now but never made it into the blog.

These are our two tortoises, Pegah in the front and Posht behind him. They were born in a friend’s garden in the nearby town of Saintes. Originally from North Africa their forebears were brought over as pets for children long since become adults.

There are always plenty of tasty green leaves to tempt the tortoises. They nibble and go and eat a wide variety of plants. I have noticed my sedum leaves being consumed.

In the spring the poppies are in high demand.

It is not only leaves that they eat but the flowers too. Given the opioids in all parts of the poppy, I imagine that they pass a very happy, contented springtime in the garden.

In the summer we cannot help but give them the odd treat of banana or watermelon but I have read that they should not be given an excess of fruit so I limit our treats to tomatoes.

I am not sure quite how the nutritional requirements are derived because they seem to have similar habits to goats and will browse on anything that takes their fancy. I feel they would eat any fallen ripe fruit that might come their way.

In fact, although these tortoises are reputed to be completely vegetarian, they very happily eat snails – shells and all!

Perhaps it is because these are French tortoises.

17 thoughts on “July finishes

  1. Hello Amelia,
    I love the idea of spaced out opioid afflicted tortoises, though how you’d ever know from their behaviour? I never knew much about tortoises, and actually saw very few in all my years of per practice, which was probably just as well for them. Though we did have a neighbouring vet who professed to have a specialism in their treatment. Good luck with the vagaries of the weather in August!
    best wishes

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  2. Your post was already so charming with the beautiful garden view through the window and the adorable birds, and then you astounded us with the tortoises!!! Wow. That is the cutest little house for them. What delightful garden companions they must be! I wish I could do a painting of them.

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    1. They need the house here. In the autumn they hibernate. They go to their house and dig into the ground. We cover them with straw and then put a layer of plastic over the house because it is important they do not get wet and then freeze. Often people here just let them dig in anywhere as we never get a bad freeze for long but I like to feel that they are safe in winter and know where they are. Amelia

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  3. Yes, we have to take each days as it comes. And do our best in the vegetable plot which is not easy this year. Very pleased to hear about tortoises, especicially the habits of your “french tortoises” !!!

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