The Sisters Squirrel

Once upon a time, in a land of bounteous beauty full of walnut trees, there lived three squirrel sisters. The eldest sister, Greta, was wise and strong. She was often the first to venture out of the largest of the walnut trees where they made their home, the tree draped with wild grapes, multiflora roses, bittersweet, honeysuckle and poison ivy so heavily that it resembled a tall giantess with flowing scarves.

Greta would begin her mornings with a little digging for the wonderfully rich walnuts that she had buried in the fall before this glorious spring day. Although a highly intelligent squirrel, she would sometimes forget the exact spot where her treasure had been stored. Much digging had to be done to find the gems.

She was always on the alert for any dangers that might be lurking in the garden near her home tree where most of the walnuts were put into the soft ground. Her sisters depended on her to watch out for them.

The middle sister was named Constance, never called Connie, that would not be suitable for one so highly regarded in her own mind, being the most vain of the squirrel clan that made their home just outside the boundaries of Faire Garden.

Constance was slightly self indulgent, she was worth it, and would pick the largest most succulent walnuts only for her dining pleasure. One could call her an epicurean, she lived for today, not being very mindful of her surroundings. She especially liked to munch while perched on the edge of the concrete birdbath with her lovely tail making the classic squirrel curve. She does present a fine example of lofty beauty.

“I am ready for my closeup”, she seems to be thinking as she looks straight into the camera.

The youngest of the sisters is Madeline, they do refer to her as Maddie because she is a bit of a madcap girl. More adventurous and slightly silly, Maddie’s favorite snack is the peanut pellets in the wire bird feeder that hangs from a shepherd’s hook on the daylily hill. She has noticed that this feeder has been moved multiple times and with each move has been made more difficult to climb onto. Maddie liked it best when it was nearer to the multi trunk maple tree where she could jump from the tree branches right onto the top of the hook. She considers herself fairly acrobatic, even for a squirrel, and prided herself in her ability to make that leap and feast on the peanut suet mix to her heart’s content.

Recently the pole was moved too far away from the tree to jump that distance so to get to the goodies the narrow pole must be climbed. Often the metal is too slippery to grasp and she will slide down after almost reaching the top. But this day she was particularly agile and made it to the top. Let the feasting begin!

The wire of the receptacle that holds her favorite food allows for her strong claws to grasp it tightly while swinging to and fro during her repast. She thought the movement fun and that it added to the daring of the whole enterprise.

Rarely, she would look up from her gobbling to check out what her sisters were up to on the ground. Maybe they had found a large cache of nuts that she would be invited to share.

Greta, feeling responsible for her siblings, was ever aware, however, and was scanning the area from her favorite perch in the silver maple, a ledge where a branch had been cut that had healed over to form a perfect landing for garden scouting. What was that creeping along the stone pathway? Quickly she sounded the alarm for all birds, squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, groundhogs and rabbits who might be partaking of the abundant food planted just for them by the kind gardener! “Chit, chit chit, chit, run away, run, as fast as you can, one and all!”

For Greta had spotted a cunning predator, one of several felines that make their appearance, oftentimes just as the feasting was at its peak. Although some of the cats are out of doors all the time and roam freely, Kitty was released from inside the house and was ready to defend his territory from the maurading hordes. Not to worry, little squirrel lovers in readerland, no one was captured this time, as usual, and all will live to return for more, maybe even later that same day!

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39 Responses to The Sisters Squirrel

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I think we have the Sisters relatives here at Greenbow. They are a greedy lot that come to feast daily at the feeders.

    This week Vinny has been keeping them on their toes. No free lunches. They have to watch and snack between his patrols.

  2. brokenbeat says:

    kitty and greta in the ultimate face-off. they have squared and puffed up, protectors alike, swift and cunning, to battle with brawn and wit for domesticated animal domination. but wait! kitty, it’s a trap! here come constance and maddie out of the shadows ready to suplement greta’s attack with their own brand of fury. hold! hold! who’s that entering the frey? none other than the shy herbivore, witch hazel. she now stands alongside her feline compatriot, as ready as kitty to do some squirrel damage, and so on.

    i like your story, frances. it makes me smile.

  3. Frances, says:

    Lisa, we need a Vinny, our sisters are way too bold!

    brokenbeat, thanks. I might have to bet on the sisters in that battle, herbivore witch hazel would probably take a nap during the fighting, or she might surprise us. Thanks for another interesting comment. love.

  4. Kylee says:

    I’d hate to think what would happen if Kitty actually got into it with one of those squirrels. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen, because Vinny would likely come out on the losing end!

  5. Gail says:


    If you have grandchildren they are so lucky to have you, your wonderful sense of humor and fantastic story telling.
    Aren’t the denizens of your garden lucky you are so gentle and kind!


  6. Frances, says:

    Kylee, fortunately for all involved, Kitty is just too soft to be much of a real threat, better at chasing than catching.

    Gail, there are three offspring of the offspring so far, all boys, and much loved. How kind of you to say that. I can’t wait to meet you in Austin!

  7. WiseAcre says:

    3 Cheers to Kitty defender of bulbs.

    I enjoy the squirrels that live here only because they don’t get a chance to make pests of themselves. Our dog “Pookey the Defender” goes absolutly crazy anytime one dares to step foot on the ground. Of course she’s always left barking up the wrong tree but the squirrels get the hint.

    Meanwhile our cats seem to have an alliance with the little nut eaters. They have been spotted nose to nose in what I imagine is a conspiricy to drive the dog nuts.

  8. Frances, says:

    wiseacre, how very funny, the cat and squirrel joining forces against the dog! Thanks for participating in our fun.

  9. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    LOL! Like all good fairytales, this one has its villian, although, as far as I’m concerned, it has 3 villans & 1 hero. The squirrels of Squirrelhaven are all a cross between Greta & Maddie. They always forget where things are & end up digging up half the garden, and there’s no birdfeeder safe from them. I bet Maddie has made little dents in the feeder pole to allow her to climb easier. I’d say it’s time to grease the pole.

  10. Frances, says:

    MMD, a sly and clever but not sweet comment was expected from you and you did not disappoint! We have seen the pole greased with vaseline in a friend’s garden, the little snips could still climb it, it was just a little harder. They must have grips like iron!

  11. garden girl says:

    very nice shots of the three sisters Frances!

  12. Frances, says:

    garden girl, thanks!

  13. Piondröm says:

    Hi Francecs!
    Nice story.It is always fun to have wild animals in the garden,if they dont it anything offcouse.
    Here in Sweden is it hard with -5 and much snow.
    Yesterday we have a beautiful spring day, warmth and sunny. I cant anderstand the weather at all.
    Regards Ken

  14. Diana says:

    Ah, Frances, what a lovely tale you weave! A lovely tale, albeit a sad one, with those sneaky sisters accosting your gardens and feeders. You watch cat seems to be doing a good job keeping them on their toes, though. I think Greta, Constance and Maddie’s two cousins live with us. Our dogs can usually only try to claw their way out my good windows to get at them, and then they beg to go outside — sadly, they are too dumb to realize that the squirrels are in the side yard, and not the back yard, where they go out! Keep weaving – if you can’t beat em, join ’em!

  15. kate says:

    With so few squirrels in my garden, I can now look at them more kindly than I did when they were eating and relocating my spring bulbs. They never give up when food is about.

    Let’s just hope that Greta and sisters don’t join up with Simon Q Squirrel at Between the two of you, you’d be able to have an amazing children’s story written in no time.

  16. Frances, says:

    Ken, thanks, the weather has been really up and down here also, as usual for this time of year.

    Diana, thanks, I think the Squirrel sisters have loads of relatives all over, especially in lovingly tended gardens!

    Kate, thanks for the heads up about Simon Q, I will check his story out.

  17. tina says:

    you do such a good job of storytelling. how great!

  18. Frances, says:

    tina, thanks for stopping by!

  19. Layanee says:

    You’ve spun an interesting yarn over here! Squirrels are such frenetic little creatures aren’t they? Your cat is a study in contrast!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I am sure the Sisters Three will soon show the domesticated Kitty that he is in for more than he bargained for. They have learned survival skills that warm cozy house kitties are oblivious to. Such as; joining forces with their avain friends, releasing poop bombs on command, and of course the fairies. You know the fairies are friends of the squirrels, a kind of symbiotic relationship. The squirrels offer vittles in exchange for the trickery fairies are famous for. Beware kitty, mother nature is not on your side.

    Pulling for the squirrels, CP
    Much Love.

  21. GardenAuthor says:

    Thank you, Frances! This was a delightful read… your Greta, Constance and Maddie are a formidable sisterhood, indeed. They were quite endearing, both in photos and text.

    With Simon and his troops riding roughshod throughout the yard, I have fallen into trickery, deceit and, yes, violence, as I release the hounds (well, a sturdily built Chihuahua) in an attempt to sweep these villains from the premises.

    I now realize that I may have been too hasty in my judgment. No, wait – I just looked out the window… my well-furred fellows are out there, as I write, trying to dismantle yet another feeder. I must stay vigilant.

    Thanks for your view of the ‘softer side’ of squirreldom… my neighborhood ‘toughs’ don’t fit the mold. These feisty Northerners just came through a New England winter, which has NOT improved their attitudes and dispositions.

    And while your tale does read like delightful children’s literature, mine more closely resembles the script of a “Rambo” movie… because of my cantankerous, macho troop.

    Here’s to Simon’s soldiers and the sisterhood… may they never meet!

    Thanks for the visit and introduction to your blog.. Deb

  22. Frances, says:

    Layanee, thanks, and yes, Kitty is the opposite of frenetic, but he is hyper compared to our other cat, Hazel, she is more comatose.

    Chickenpoet, thanks, someone needs to champion the sisters, although they do quite well for themselves. Poor Kitty. We are hoping the fairies consider us their friends also.

    GardenAuthor, thanks for visiting and thanks to Kate for letting me know about your delightful Simon P. and Lucy Maude. You are right to say we must hope for no hook ups between your troops and our sisters!

  23. Catherine says:

    Thank~you for sharing the funny & entertaining story !! Lovely captures of the Sister Squirrels! 😀 Also beautiful daffodils! I love you’re blog & the title~Faire Garden!
    Happy Spring!

  24. Jon says:

    I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog with such excellent writing and great photos! I shall return again and again. Jon on 3-19-08 at

  25. Yolanda Elizabet says:

    ROTFL, now that is my kind of garden fairy tale and they lived happily ever after too.

    Great pics and great names for the 3 sisters. Thanks for such a fun post Frances and lots of purrrrrrrrs for handsome kitty from the Bliss team!

  26. Frances, says:

    Jon, welcome and thanks for visiting. I shall visit you, for I am a lover of shrimp plants!

    YE, thanks, sorry I am still trying to figure out what ROTFL means, kind of slow here, but Kitty returns the purrs to the Bliss team.

  27. Frances, says:

    Catherine, welcome and thanks for visiting and thanks for the kind words.

  28. Entangled says:

    Cute! And I hope I never get to know my squirrels that well 😉

  29. Frances, says:

    entangled, thanks, it is unfortunate here that the squirrels think they are invited to breakfast, lunch and dinner at the bird feeders! ;-<

  30. Melanie says:

    What a wonderful fairytale. Now I’m ready for bed 🙂

  31. Cabs says:

    What a fun post! Aren’t the squirrels so fun to watch?
    They have quite an awesome run around my place: from the oak trees out front, taking a huge running leap to my roof, over the top, another huge running leap to the big maple out back…or…across to the rear deck, along the railing and whoa!!!! another leap to the tip of a long, low, limb on the the pine tree which dips about 2′ upon landing. Then run, run thru the pine trees and up[ to the top, some 50 high to look all the way into the town center. This is always more fun when playing chase of course!
    Thx for your comment on my blog! Middle school teacher and substitute has got to be the toughest combination. Bless you for the years you did this!

  32. Frances, says:

    melanie, thanks. Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!

    cabs, Your squirrels sound very entertaining. My substituting at the middle school was only for a few months, from there I went on to my own landscaping design business, much less stressful!

  33. kate says:

    Frances – I hope things are looking up there and you’re getting over the flu!

  34. Frances, says:

    kate, thanks for the pick me up. The sun is shining, that always makes one cheerier, no matter what.

  35. Sherry at the Zoo says:

    OH, what a fun, fun post. I think the creatures of the garden add so much pleasure to the gardening adventure….Look at that cat..doin what cats do. Love the picture!

  36. Frances, says:

    Sherry, thanks, even though the squirrels raid the expensive bird food, they are fun to watch, but why do they have to have such gourmet taste? ;->

  37. Kerri says:

    A fun fairy tale about your funny, furry friends Frances. How’s that for alliteration? 🙂
    I can imagine how much you enjoyed taking these great pics and creating the story.
    Kitty is a pretty one.

  38. Frances, says:

    Kerri, thanks. While watching the squirrel raid the birdfeeder was annoying, the three were allowing lots of photos to be taken, which led to the story. It was fun to write.

  39. Special Ed. Extended Resource Class says:

    Hello Mrs. Fairegarden. Our class especially enjoyed the squirrel story as we explored your garden blog today! We love it.

    Hello Class, and welcome! I am thrilled that you find my blog entertaining and educational. There are several animal stories under the category of Wildlife you might enjoy.

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