Having been awake since early January, and waiting for suitable weather, Henry is outside full-time now. On most days recently he has been out for a few hours when there has been any sunshine. Otherwise he has been housed and fed indoors as described in previous posts. I have noticed this year that he has been nowhere near as lively indoors as in previous years, though he has been eating quite well, which I see as a good sign. On the other hand, when in the garden, even on cool days, he seems more contented, wandering about and munching the occasional weed.
A couple of evenings ago a mild night was forecast and I decided that he could stay out all night. I had intended to provide a generous quantity of hay under his favourite bush, where he has spent the night in previous years, and then make sure that he found it. The trouble was, I couldn’t find him. He must have tucked himself away in a secluded corner somewhere so I left him. Sure enough, yesterday morning he was out in the sun again. So yesterday afternoon as the shadows got longer and the sun started to leave our garden I showed him the pile of hay under his bush and a few minutes later he had buried himself in it almost completely out of sight.
It seems likely that Henry will stay out now so long as night temperatures continue to improve. All I have to do is keep an eye on the weather forecast.