|Bertie trying to help with my book..|
Pets? That's an easy one.
Finally, after wanting one for twenty years or so, last year I brought Bertie the tortoise home, as my best friends' change in circumstances meant she could no longer look after her menagerie of animals. He's a Hermann's tortoise, named by my other best friend as we aren't entirely sure whether "he"'s a she or a he.
He lives in a tortoise table, kindly donated to me by the lovely Sock family, and filled with a mixture of sand and soil, a food bowl, water pool and a toy dinosaur (of course). His enclosure is heated by a heat lamp and lit with a UV bulb, which are on a timer each day but mean he doesn't hibernate. (Apparently some folk wrap their torts up and put them in the fridge to hibernate, but I didn't really fancy that - imagine popping in to the fridge to get the milk out and having to move the tortoise to one side!)
He mostly eats salad leaves at the moment, with dandelions and tomatoes as a treat now and then. I am turning over a small section of the allotment to grow some "tortoise mix" seeds, which incorporate quite a few different plants which are safe for them to eat.