Friday, 3 September 2010

Common Wall Lizard

Just so you know that I am still in the land of the living, I thought I would show you this little fellow that was almost in the process of getting squashed under the door. He climbed on to my hand quite happily and I moved him outside to a log where he disappeared down a crack. He was still around for a couple of days afterwards, but now seems to have made a move elsewhere.

I am busy painting the new front gates and have house guests here until next Wednesday. To add to that, there is the local annual Bric-a-Brac taking place on Sunday and where I will be all day, hoping to sell some bits and bobs. I really enjoyed the event last year; it's a great community occasion and an opportunity to socialise with other local people. Hope it doesn't rain!!

The computer is certainly not having much use at present, but I hope to be back with you all on a more regular basis by the end of next week at the latest.



If you enlarge this picture, you will see that the little chap must have been hungry, as whatever that is by his head, he is trying to eat it!  Obviously it was not very tasty, as he gave up and looked elsewhere.

42 comments:

  1. He's tiny! The ones we see are much bigger than this. I was amazed to see him in relation to your hand. I suppose they'll be hibernating soon.

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  2. Chaiselongue, yes is is very small. I think it must have quite recently hatched. Most of ours are very much bigger but I guess at some stage in their life they have to be small:-) Diane

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  3. Awwww ... such a cutie - I get so mad at my cats when they catch lizards and geckos ... but not too mad because that is the nature of things ...

    Enjoy your break from the internet and the company of your guests - we're all waiting for your return ...

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  4. Well! What a fright he must have had and probably still wondering what happened to him!! :)
    I'll also away for a few days!
    Have a great WE, Dine!
    Cheers!

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  5. Graham I also get upset when cats catch lizards but as you say that is life. As I have no animals the lizards thrive well here! Be back soon. Diane

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  6. You also have a good break Carine. A bientôt. Diane

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  7. He's so small! A cutie! :-)

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  8. JM it was really so small and appeared very tame. Maybe too young to know better! Diane

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  9. Cute little lizard, almost tame enough to become a pet. Have fun at the sale and good luck.

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  10. Thanks Gaelyn, I hope I manage to make a few € but even if not it is always fun. Diane

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  11. Oh my, I could never pick one of them up!

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  12. Tabitha they are harmless and very cute. They would never hurt you:-) Diane

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  13. Cute little lizard. Our dog used to chase them when he was a puppy...now he doesn't even give them a second look. The lizards here tend to stay in the same area. We had one in the house once that would find it way to sleep on the same lamp (it was a bridge lamp with a swing arm) every night! Too fast to get them out of the house. We finally showw them when we see him close to the door. Fun to watch though.

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  14. Hi Lyndsey, strange the lizard always slept in the same place. Mine has been in the bedroom for weeks and does not seem in any hurry to get out. I just hope it goes before I return to the UK as he will get shut in. David checks the house regularly but obviously does not leave it open. Diane

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  15. You certainly are braver than I am, and we have these guys around all the time in Florida. Enjoy your guests. You live in a beautiful place.

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  16. He is very small, and I'm glad you were able to rescue him. We've had to train our dog to leave them alone.

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  17. Susan there is nothing to be brave about - it is just a lizard!

    Yes, I have to agree we do live in a beautiful place. Diane

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  18. Jan it was really cute and very friendly, not afraid at all. Diane

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  19. You know I fear insects and snakes, but lizards don't bother me. I like frogs and toads, too. Funny how that works. Hope you're having fun with your guests.

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  20. He is so cute Diane. I just love those little toes. :)

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  21. Thanks Marjie, I like snakes as well so........

    I have been sending my guests out with my GPS a lot while I have been trying to get the gates painted. They need 3 coats which I have not finished yet, but they are at least protected againast the rain forcasted for next week. Diane

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  22. Joan I was also fasinated by those very long toes. I often watch the lizards here and they so often stand with one foot up in the air. Switching feet from time to time, I wonder if it is to cool them when the surface is hot?
    Diane

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  23. What a cute little guy! I'm happy to see I'm not the only one busy. Glad to see that life is still grand in the Charente. Happy painting and enjoy your guests. Susan :)

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  24. Have a good weekend and good luck with your sales at the Bric a Brac. We have loads of lizards here but I have not yet identified the varieties.

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  25. Hi Susan, yep , busy, busy but enjoying the company of my friends. Diane

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  26. Lindy, thanks, I also hope the bric-a-brac makes me some money. Just a few €'s will be better than nothing. Diane

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  27. This little lizzard was a lucky one; I am glad you found him before...
    For some reason we have many more salamanders than lizards. Salamanders amazed me as a child. They looked like someone with a lot of imagination had painted them. Come to think of it, I guess their creator does.

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  28. He is a small little guy, isn't he?
    Hope you enjoy your bric-a-brac. sounds like something I would enjoy if there. Enjoy your guests also.

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  29. He is a cute little guy!

    I hope you have a wonderful time with your house guests!

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  30. What a cute little guy! Have fun with the Bric-a-Brac, your guests and all. Bet that front gate is looking good after all your hard work. Photos of it later?

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  31. Mya some of the Lizards are also beautiful we have a lovely green lizard here. Unfortunately I have never managed to get a photo of one, there are only a couple in our garden and they don't hang around for me to take pictures - one day!! Diane

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  32. Joyful the Bric a Brac went very well, I will do a write up when my visitors leave. Diane

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  33. Thanks Faith, I will catch up later in the week. Diane

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  34. Pam the gates are still not finished, at least one more coat but I think probably 2!!! Rain expected this week so it may be another week before I have time to finish them off. At least they are protected! Diane

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  35. WOW! such a tiny little fellow very cute :) enjoy your busy week ! :)

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  36. Thanks Philip, I should be back to normal, what ever that is, by the end of the week. Diane

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  37. He is just adorable and you have to love them because they eat bugs!!! I hope your sale goes well... it's a great feeling to get rid of things you don't need and share them with people who see them with new eyes!! Have a great end of summer!

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  38. longpastremembered yes he was cute. End of summer...... I am not thiking about it!!! Diane

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  39. You must have had a great time this weekend. A get together like that sounds like a lot of fun too.

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  40. Hi Becca, The weekend was great I will update you before the weekend on how it all went. Dciane

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  41. I love those lizards. Neil swats flies and feeds them to our tame lizards outside. For some reason he always calls them 'Lenny'! I hope you are enjoying your guests!

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  42. Hi Roz, Neil and Nigel think alike, he also swats flies and puts them out for the lizards:-) Diane

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