It is nearly three weeks since my previous post about Henry and he is in the house still, because it has been quite cool at night. Today could hardly have been a nicer Easter Sunday with brilliant sunshine and almost completely calm. So, after lunch, our enclosed rear garden was warm enough for Henry to be put out on the grass for an hour or two.
His first move was to head directly on to the border from which I had removed the box hedge only days ago so that the Head Gardener could plant fruit bushes instead. He seemed a bit confused by the absence of the hedge, under which he used to walk from one side of the garden to the other while keeping out of sight.
After a while he settled in a typical sunbathng position while he thought about it and about the potential of all the new fruit bushes. This was followed by a further exploration of the borders.
Next came a quick inspection of the lawn during which he nibbled one dandelion leaf and that was all. This seemed to confirm that he is getting enough to eat indoors. He even ignored the dandelion flowers, having had his daily quota of those indoors at lunchtime.
On days like this Henry can be outside all day but I will be watching night temperatures for some time yet to ensure that it is not just frost-free, which is essential, but actually relatively mild when he stays out all night.