Fire Pit

Photo prompt curtsy of A B

Photo prompt curtsy of Ansha Bhajnagarwala

February is a great month to tidy the garden. I decided to start with the fire pit. A quick brush to remove twigs and leaves was all it needed. Then I prepared my seat, a old chunky wooden bench; that looks as if it will need a wash and oil at some point.

Why you are a cheeky fellow, I expect that you have come to share the heat. Do hedgehogs eat cheese and pickle?. I expect not. Well warm yourself whilst I pinch a bit of the cats food for you. Don’t scorch those toes.

Footnote, Genre: Pure Fiction.

Mike attempting to  write.

Mike attempting to write.

This Post Has 68 Comments

  1. pennygadd51

    Heart-warming tale, Michael. I like hedgehogs!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I have a soft spot for hedgehogs, sadly they are getting quite thin on the ground,

  2. Alice Audrey

    Sweet. Hedgehogs are so cute, even if not real pet-able.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I love to see and hearing them as I am walking my dog, sadly they are getting rare.

  3. Dawn Quyle Landau

    Charming story, Michael. I love the use of animals in such a magical way.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn, I was pleased to read your feedback

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Such a sweet little snippet. I could just picture it.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I do love just sitting looking into a fire, it bring back fond memories. There used to be so many hedgehogs around then,

  5. Dale

    Sweet. Reads like a fairy tale.
    And I’ll tell you what. Over on this side of the pond, there is not fire pit cleaning! I can’t even find it under all that snow!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I love photographing snow, but I can only image the amount of snow you get. Quebec is beautiful

  6. Iain Kelly

    A warming end-of-winter tale Michael. It can’t come quick enough for me, or the hedgehogs.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am sure that the hedgehogs will agree with you.

  7. Violet Lentz

    Sounds like he is a welcome visitor…

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly is, for he generally sits quiet, with a twinkle in his eyes

  8. pensitivity101

    Cute. Love hedgehogs. They like peannuts, the ones you put out for the birds.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am told badgers love peanuts also, but Brock never calls at my fire pit. He would be most welcome if he did.

      1. pensitivity101

        Didn’t know that! We have badgers down the road.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Do they misbehave? They are great diggers I am told.

          1. pensitivity101

            We haven’t seen any evidence but apparently the guy who lives opposite has had a lot of damage done to his garden (it’s beautiful) so isn’t too well pleased. We don’t see them often, but smell the disturbed earth so know the sett is still active.

          2. Michael Humphris

            Sadly badgers do not understand human etiquette. But hedgehogs they work hard to help gardeners by eating the slugs etc.

          3. pensitivity101

            We had a family of hedgehogs visit our garden in our first house. Great entertainment with their little ways and characteristics. We rigged up a water feeder with a frisbee and lemonade bottle.

          4. Michael Humphris

            I like the use of a frisbee, great idea.

          5. pensitivity101

            It worked a treat.

  9. Joy Pixley

    What a happy little snippet, and extra smiles for the visiting hedgehog! I would nip some cat food for my new friend, too.

  10. anuragbakhshi

    Such a sweet story.

  11. Nan Falkner

    Hedgehogs are so cute! I don’t think the cat will notice that some food is missing. At least I hope not! Cute story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Nan, my cat would certainly notice, but the hedgehogs need was greater, and my cat could do to lose someweight, but then so could I.

  12. Abhijit Ray

    Nice friendship bond between man and the animal. Hope the hedgehog understands the good intent.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Abhijit, one can never tell with hedgehogs, they make a lot of noise but say very little

  13. spicedmullings

    Haven’t met a hedgehog
    Good one about the toes.
    Wonder what he thought!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sabina, generally hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures, often one only hear they rustling in the undergrowth.

  14. Keith's Ramblings

    Simply delightful Michael. Perhaps we should all have a help-a-hedgehog day!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Brilliant, what a good idea, help-a-hedgehog day is,

  15. draliman

    Lovely story. I’m glad the hedgehog found food and shelter!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, hedgehogs need all the help they need.

  16. gahlearner

    A sweet story, Michael. February is early for the poor hedgehog to wake up. Not too tidy gardens help them.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Gabriele, the poor fellow was so hungry. P.s. sadly these days my garden is far from tidy. One could say it is wildlife friendly.

  17. notestowomen

    Cute and delightful tale, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much.

  18. Brenda's Thoughts

    What a nice surprise to uncover in his fire pit. Love hedgehogs!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had to warn him to not get to close, hedgehogs are great

  19. Sandra

    Aww that was sweet. Lovely in fact.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, I really am pleased you liked it. I love it when I am walking the dog at night and see hedgehogs

  20. Anshu Bhojnagarwala

    That’s so sweet, though I have never seen hedgehogs in India.

    1. Michael Humphris

      There are many varieties of hedgehogs, but they are generally nocturnal and there are quite large parts of the world where they are absent

  21. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    Awww … nature visiting with you. Cute tale, Michael.
    I’d be scared though. : )

    1. Michael Humphris

      No need to be scared, Isadora, they are shy creatures who generally will do anything to stay out of the way of people

  22. lisarey1990

    Gorgeously heart-warming.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is so kind of you to say so, thank you

  23. Margaret

    Lovely. He has his own little piece of paradise, I think.

    1. Michael Humphris

      One may think so, but he tells me that I cut the grass to short. Thank you Margaret

  24. Lynn Love

    Lovely story, Michael. I’ve kept a pile of logs and woody cuttings under my cherry tree as our neighbour told us their are hedgehogs round here. No sign yet, just a lot of urban foxes!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hedgehogs love wood litter, but sadly foxes will disturb their hibernation. Does your cherry tree have edible fruit.

      1. Lynn Love

        Yes, it does have edible fruit, Michael. Do you think that will attract the hogs?

        1. Michael Humphris

          Freshly picked cherries, are one of the great pleasures in life, in fact so are most soft fruit. Whether Hedgehogs know that I am not sure.

          1. Lynn Love

            We’re lucky – we have an apple tree, a cherry, a rhubarb patch, some raspberry canes, a few strawberry plants. The fruit is patchy and spread out – you never get a full bowl of anything but cherries – but I love it

  25. granonine

    Warm and friendly story. I enjoyed it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      There are so many subject to write about, but every now and again I do enjoy writing about nature and the creatures who rub along side us. Thank you

  26. michaelwynnauthor

    Nice to hear of a hedgehog benefiting from a garden fire and not accidentally getting roasted in it. Nice tale Michael. I like to hear them out and about as well, they make a hell of a racket for such small animals.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly let you know when they are on the move, thank you Micheal

  27. magarisa

    Lovely tale. The hedgehog definitely needs to keep its toes away from the fire.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly did, but he was intelligent and did as he was told. Glad that you liked the tale

  28. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I love hedgehogs, what a nice voice, and great of you to bring him cat food and not milk

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Björn, my cat was less pleased that the hedgehog got some of her food.

  29. Still Loved...Still Missed

    Hedgehogs -I don’t like them. But your story made me love them a bit 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was so pleased to read your comment, must write more about hedgehogs, so you will love them a lot.

  30. plaridel

    i find this story very comforting. very nice. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased to read that, thank you plaridel

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