Pine martens, red squirrels, and aurora borealis

The Northern Lights were on display across British skies last night but I didn’t see them. I looked out many times before bed, I woke at 3am to have another look, and then again at 5:30am but there was nothing. Only clouds 😦 Here’s what I might have seen:

I have never seen the Northern Lights. Nor have I seen a redΒ squirrel or a pine marten despite my many attempts to catch a glimpse of one of these things. What’s life all about if not to tick these experiences off our list? I can’t even say I’ve swum in the North Sea in winter since, although I did swim in a chilly 6Β°C in the North Sea on Sunday, it’s technically not winter anymore! This means I’m going to have to do it again.

Maybe one day I’ll look out the window to see a pine marten having sex with a red squirrel under the aurora borealis. Imagine that! Did anyone else see theΒ show last night?

19 responses to “Pine martens, red squirrels, and aurora borealis”

  1. She looked out of her window
    ‘Twas the dark of night
    But the aurora borealis
    Made it seem that it was light

    And there in her backyard
    She glimpsed two tiny specks
    A red squirrel and pine marten
    Busy at it having sex

    You can tick this off your list now. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, you’re fantastic! That’s great πŸ™‚

  2. haha Would be weird to look out of your window and see that! πŸ™‚
    You’re still young – gotta have something to strive for! Maybe next time, when there are no clouds, you’ll see the lights πŸ™‚ The thing is not to stop trying. And then how wonderful when you do finally see these spectacles. πŸ™‚
    Took me a few goes to find Halley’s comet in the sky in 1986. I was walking down the road at 2am searching!!

    1. I might get another chance to see them tonight – Fingers crossed!!

      Great that you saw Halley’s comet. I can remember that but I can’t remember whether I saw it. I was young and not particularly interested πŸ™‚

      1. Good Luck for tonight πŸ™‚
        My one daughter also saw Halley’s comet. I woke her up and stood on the stoep with her in the wee hours; so like you, she won’t remember – but her eyes saw it! It’ll be back in 2062!!

  3. Ooh I’m desperate to see aurora borealis, I’m not far from norfolk so potentially isn’t impossible but last night was stupidly foggy. πŸ˜”
    I too have never seen a red squirrel and would also love to see an otter in the wild.

    1. Ah, an otter. That’s another one to add to my list! The aurora borealis is going to be visible again tonight although maybe not as far south as Norfolk.

  4. You’ll see them all soon enough, probably when you least expect it! As for interspecies sex, all you need to do is leave out a cinnabun….

    1. I’m not going to waste a cinnamon bun like that! I’ll feed it to my husband instead πŸ˜‰

      1. Too much information, R!!

  5. Too misty down here as well, though have seem them several times. Had an amazing encounter with them one time, I’ll maybe blog about. Seen the others, except for the pine martin, and white squirrels, another strange encounter. Looks like I’ll have to keep a lookout tonight as well.

    1. Foggy again last night 😦 I guess I’ll have to wait until next time. I never knew there were white squirrels. I bet they’re hard to spot in the snow.

      1. The white squirrels were in a local wood – albinos. Cleanish here but no aurora. A local roadhouse is called the Pine Martin, would that do?

  6. If you wake up to see a pine marten having sex with a red squirrel under the aurora borealis, best not tell anyone.

    I thought you might like this:-

    1. Thanks so much Graham. I had sort of heard that the Guardian was ramping up its efforts to report climate change. I’ve added my signature πŸ™‚

  7. Wicked! Love your wish to see a pine marten having sex with a red squirrel under the aurora borealis!

    1. I’ll definitely blog about it if it ever happens πŸ™‚

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