Much as I dislike diminutives, I’m very fond of Trigger and Gypsy. The two eponymous poodles have been in our charge over the last few days, which has meant that I have been drawn away from stove and keyboard and driven out into the wild, at least once a day, walking the dog(s). Like sheep, the poodles get sheared at this time of year. Unlike sheep which, when sheared, just look undressed, poodles become diminutives of themselves. They nearly disappear. Their colour is all that keeps them visible, if risible. The green, or grey, poodle is a perfect spring time predator, but they are scarce on the ground and hard to spot. There is a poodle, in spring time hunting green, in the picture above, not far away from the more obvious black specimen, which is sporting an orange collar to differentiate it from its more elusive kin.