Balanced up the pear tree, happily munching buds, is our lone squirrel. Since arriving last autumn it has munched a mountain of buds, stripped bark and picked flowers a-plenty, this outrages our gardener. Despite this, it remains as irresistibly cute as when it first arrived. Benefiting from council cut-backs in Parks funding, it has not gone the way of all those that came before, for the council no longer provide squirrel un-friendly treats in the form of blue-corn rat baits in the churchyard. Lucky thing.