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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:22pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I woke Ben up three weeks ago He had been asleep for approx eight months
      Ben.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:24pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I dont handle him until I am happy that he has totally rehydrated himself thats roughly two weeks
      Ben 1.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:25pm (May 28th 2016) edited
     
    This was after his first bath under the tap and he really enjoyed it
      Ben 2.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:26pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    He is eating really well and is nice and weighty
      ben3.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:27pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    Thanks to G/N for taking pictures for me
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 12:50pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    I meant to tell you that he is six years old now xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 1:18pm (May 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow, 8 months?! He is a BEAUTY though, he's huuuuge! What a sweetheart :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2016 5:57pm (May 28th 2016)
     
    8 months asleep? I thought that was only teenagers slept like that... :D He's a beauty, NN...you don't have 2?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 5:06pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Ha ha He has always had a long sleep ever since he was a weeny snail. I am always amazes that he has made it through safe and sound. Yes CC I did have two sadly Bill died last year He woke up fine and ate for about a week then went back into his shell and died.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 9:31pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    How did you know Ben was asleep and not dead? Can you see him breathing?!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 3:22pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    No they have a big seal over the opening to the shell Kate. This hadnt deteriorated and there was no foul smell so the chances were he had made it safe and sound xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 7:35pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    I didn't know they did that! Hope he's having a nice summer before his next big sleep. xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 11:23am (Jul 21st 2016)
     
    He has added another inch to his shell and is loving this heat, Will get more pics soon he is due another bath xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:24pm (Jun 19th 2017) edited
     
    I forgot to tell you that Ben woke up last Month he had been asleep since middle of October last year. He is in fine health and eating well and is the only one I know who is enjoying this heat. He had his house totally cleaned out and a nice bath this afternoon. I took the first picture and thanks G?N for the second one just to show you he is about two handful's now xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:27pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    He's humungous! What a handsome chap. Will you get him a girlfriend?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 3:36pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    Hi CC nice to see you here. No he is used to being by himself now it must be two years since Bill died, Also He has almost out grown his vivarium so it would be to overcrowded for another.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 6:21pm (Jun 19th 2017)
     
    My goodness...Ben is huge..how big will he get or has he reached his final size?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2017 12:17am (Jun 21st 2017)
     
    I had completely forgotten you had him NN! He's lovely and SO big!! How old is he now?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2017 5:19pm (Jul 3rd 2017)
     
    I think I remember him from years ago. What an awesome guy.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2017 8:10pm (Jul 9th 2017)
     
    I am not sure how old Ben is now I think round about six. I havent a clue as to how old they can get to either and yes he is still growing. He can get through loads of food if its warm enough. He seems to have a real thing about cos lettuce at the moment. His most favourite food is the male flowers from the courgette/zucchini and pumpkin plants.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2017 7:36pm (Jul 10th 2017)
     
    I used to love cos lettuce - don't see it around anymore though. Do you grow your own?

    How do you know the flowers are male?!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2017 6:52pm (Jul 16th 2017)
     
    most supermarkets do cos lettuce I quite like the little cos hearts. The round iceburgh lettuce doesnt seem to have as much flavour. The male flowers are just a flower on a stalk but the female ones have a small fruit at the back of the flower xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2017 7:32pm (Jul 17th 2017)
     
    I need to change supermarket-mine don't seem to have it. Never knew that about flowers but then my gardening knowledge would fit on the head of a pin!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2017 8:23pm (Jul 17th 2017)
     
    No worries Kate I will get pictures when I get both flowers I only am getting male ones at the moment. Keeps Ben happy so I can not complain
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 1:23pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    I did post pictures they are in my July garden just in case some one didnt see them and thinks I forgot as I am often prone to doing !!.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 1:23pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    Can Ben come out to play?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2017 5:28pm (Aug 2nd 2017)
     
    He's definitely looking at you!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2017 2:11pm (Aug 3rd 2017)
     
    I think Ben would be about sixty times the size of that one CC. Looks like I need to clean my kitchen window though
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2017 8:57pm (Aug 4th 2017)
     
    Maybe Ben is calling all the local snails in so that they can slowly take over the world!! I love watching a snail on a piece of glass - fascinating to see how they move.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2017 1:35pm (Sep 5th 2017)
     
    Yes but he is sending the wrong signals Kate as we been getting slugs come in the kitchen at night. We can not see where they are getting in but thank goodness its floor level. I was nearly sick as when the first time one came in I trod on it with no slippers on ugh, goodness me it felt totally awful and really made me squeak out in shock !!! I even forgot why I had come downstairs for in the first place. I been putting dishwasher salt all round the units trying to discourage them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2017 5:56pm (Sep 5th 2017)
     
    We have one who draws all over the living room carpet at night. I think I've found him, chuck him out, and next morning there is 'ner ner-ner ner ner ' written in slime on the living room carpet...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2017 7:29pm (Sep 5th 2017)
     
    We have so many slugs in the garden - front and back - that you can barely step out without risking the squelch!! Yuk!! I'm told they won't cross copper either. Funny how they are so disliked yet we have affection for snails!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2017 7:37pm (Sep 8th 2017)
     
    It is funny Kate..I hate the slugs too...only good thing about no rain for so long, the Slugs have dried up without it.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2017 6:07pm (Sep 9th 2017)
     
    A slug is only a homeless snail, you know...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2017 11:25pm (Sep 9th 2017) edited
     
    I'll buy them all a home if they'll use it!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2017 7:05pm (Sep 12th 2017)
     
    There were so many in the veg garden this year all you could hear was the faint whisper of "Big Issue Big Issue" if you listened carefully. Its turning cold here Ben is already digging himself in ready for his sleep
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2017 11:43pm (Sep 12th 2017)
     
    Ha ha!! My garden seems to be full of them too.

    For a few years now we've had a variety of wasp (that isn't really a wasp) living in the railway sleepers that hold the garden back. They've been burrowing and expanding for about 4 or 5 years, but this year they haven't appeared. I did see some real wasps trying to get in through their access holes at the end of the summer last year, so don't know if they ate all of the young.

    Sweet dreams Ben!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 7:29pm (Sep 16th 2017)
     
    Thats such a shame about your special wasps Kate. We had a huge looking wasp on our budlia bush this year. at first we thought it was a hornet Jay and I took pictures and googled it and discovered it was a hornet mimic hoverfly
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2017 9:12pm (Sep 16th 2017)
     
    Isn't nature wonderful! We are lucky in the UK that the majority of our insects are pretty safe compared to other countries!