I realised last night I hadn't seen a fox, badger or frog for ages.
It was one of the things I used to love when I was standing outside in the dark having a smoke. If it was wet there would always be a few frogs hanging around the patio...since having grandchildren, every year I get some frogs spawn from next doors pond and we watch them turn into tiny tiny froglets and then put them back in the pond (oh they are sooooo cute!!!). I always liked to think they were coming back to say hello (yes I'm the batty old dear that talks to frogs!!!). Then there's the foxes who come through a hole in the trees, trot right past me and then down the side of the house to god knows where...it's all fenced in!!! Then there's my dodgy paving stone at the side of the house. You always know when someone's walking round the side as you hear it 'clonk'. Was standing outside having a smoke one night when I heard the 'clonk'. Knowing I was the only one at home I wondered who the hell was coming from my back garden??? Well, it was the biggest badger you'd ever seen!
Anyway, I'm missing all this now. Perhaps in a few months time I can try standing out there without smoking and see how it feels....bit early yet to give it a go!