Monday, 2 April 2012

Chester's squirrels............................................. aren't shy in coming forward

Chester Cathedral is in the heart of the city... and while strolling around the gardens this little squirrel ran up to me demanding to be fed.
On previous visits to Chester I have had them running up my leg... to see what I've got.

Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring any food with me

He must have been hungry because he immediately started to dig and brought up a peanut he had previously hidden (or had just smelt and stolen).

I wasn't alone... lots of people passing by stopped to watch him.

Attracted by the man with the camera .... talking out loud to a squirrel.

I could even walk around him taking images... absolutely no fear.

As I have previously mentioned during my trip into Chester I took over 650 images...
So a mish mash of posts over the next few days...

It's our Queens diamond jubilee this year.
 Chester has a famous clock commemorating Queen Victoria's in 1897.

Officially opened in 1899 it is the second most photographed clock in the world... after Big Ben.

It's Chester's most famous structure... once seen never forgotten.

How many cities provide comfort for Feral Pigeons... Chester does... see my post tomorrow..

26 comments:

Horst in Edmonton said...

Amazing little squirrel. Lovely city, Chester is.

Sandra said...

my home town of Savannah Georgia, had feral pigeons, we spent many hours feeding them peanuts and squirrels to, just like this one. love the clock.

cieldequimper said...

It's a beauty of a clock!
I remember the Silver Jubilee, it was fun to be in the streets of London at the time!
The squirrel is very sweet. I just read an article this weekend in Country Living about how the native brown squirrel is being shooed away by these 'imports'...

Bob Bushell said...

Coming over to you, and squirrels think it feeding time. Please can you give some peanuts to me? The olde clock is truly amazing. Nice one Andrew.

grammie g said...

HI Andrew...Love the squirrel story and the shots are so cute...just be careful with the talking out loud to squirrels ...people will think your a little nuts ; }!!
Love that clock it is gorgeous...

Gracexx

John said...

Hi Andrew,
Isn`t Chester where Hollyoaks is filmed? ;)
That`s one of the problems with Grey Squirrels, they become so accustomed to us, they are no longer wary. Nice photos though!
J
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Gary said...

Love the clock Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

barbara l. hale said...

Nice pics of the fearless squirrel. And that is one of the most beautiful clocks I've ever seen.

Carole M. said...

how sweet that the squirrel was so trusting and you could take those lovely photographs. Chester's clock is very regal looking; is that a foot bridge up there?

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE the squirrel - but you knew that i would. :)

Adam Tilt said...

Ha ha great shots of the Squirrel. Chester looks like a nice place as well - I've only ever been to its zoo.

Genie said...

It is far more beautiful that any clock I have ever seen and it puts Big Ben to shame. It is out of this world.I cannot stop looking at it. Your squirrel photos are just the coolest ever. He is one determined little guy. Maybe he thinks you are a squirrel, too. genie

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I wouldn't want one of them varmits climbing up my leg! There sure is a lot of people out and about that day.

Dave said...

I'm happy to know that I'm not the only one who talks to squirrels...

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Well, Dr. Doolittle...uh, Drew, you certainly know how to charm the animals! ;) Chester is a very beautiful city, and that clock is amazing!

Helene said...

Great squirrel photos and love, love the clock!

Gillian Olson said...

Love the squirrel story. The way he has his paw on his chest begging for food is priceless.
That is a great looking clock too, very photogenic.

Arija said...

Love the squirrel and yes, they can get aggressively tame but one does need to be a little careful since squirrels can carry rabies.
Great place Chester and the clock certainly is a winner but are you certain it is the second most photographed clock in the world? I would have thought that Prague would take that honour.

Looks like you are having a great time enjoying your spring. I must go down and check out the cathedral.

JM said...

The clock is gorgeous and I just love the buildings on this street! Wonderful sequence of the brave squirrel.

Amila Kanchana said...

Adorable squirrel!

Pantherka said...

Squirrel is great. The city is beautiful and amazing hours.

Pat said...

Cute little squirrel!
The clock tower is beautiful.

Susan said...

That is the most beautiful clock I have ever seen! I love all the photos from Chester. Wish I could have gone with you. I would really have enjoyed it! The squirrel is hilarious. It's funny how they get so used to us that they have no fear. Great post Andrew!

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

i've visited london more than 30 times, but always feels like the first time.
your photographs bring me back so many memories, so thank you for that.

great shots of the squirrels.
and the clock tower is beautiful, too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I want to come back to England! That clock is amazing.

Sharon Whitley said...

Aah Chester - I only live about 10 miles away and will soon be there doing my Christmas late night shopping no doubt - that clock is a very familiar sight as is the cathedral!