24/03/2016

Stream Springwatch…

There are some definite advantages to working in the countryside. The Stream offices are in a converted cowshed, on the outskirts of a small village in Surrey. From the big French windows at the end of the open-plan room we get a gorgeous view across the fields, and the lovely decking area is perfect for sunbathing or enjoying team barbecues in the summer. Sometimes, a cry will go up and the whole team will rush to the windows to get a glimpse of a herd of deer, wandering across the field, or every now and again we'll get a fluffy chicken clucking across the decking, thinking abut popping in. Meanwhile, lambs bleat in the next field and pigs rummage around in their muddy pen. It is pretty idyllic, as long as you're not yearning for Oxford Street shopping on your lunch break.

Just as we left for our Easter weekend, though, the last few stragglers got quite a surprise – from nowhere, it seemed, a bat appeared in the office. With the doors and windows hastily flung open, we soon found the answer to the question, "how many Stream employees does it take to coax a bat out of the office?" as five of us, including the MD and Editorial Director, ducked, cooed and gently wafted in an attempt to encourage the bat to leave. There was a definite note of hilarity to our hopeless efforts as the bat swooped and circled the room, faster and faster, just above head height. Finally, though, we plunged the room into darkness and our little winged friend managed to find his way safely outside. We returned to relative peace. For now, the animals are all outside, but we await the next visitor with eager anticipation…