My mother was sitting on the garden patio on Tuesday 14 June 2012 around 3.15pm, she heard unusual bird tweets, I came out of the house and my mother asked me if I heard these sounds, I said I did not, thought nothing of it and returned to the house via the patio and French doors to the lounge.
On the green carpet, I saw what looked like hairs from our pet dog, I bent down to pick them up, and I heard a click and this thing jumped, I could not locate it, a few minutes later it was by a chair. I put my right hand over this creature, took it into the garden and showed my mother.
It was a grasshopper, about 1" in length, a dark brown back, the body and left and right sides were bright green along with the head, I placed it on our garden table, and it hopped away onto the flowerbeads.
In all the years of living at this house, this is the very first time, I have held and seen a grasshopper.
Are they rare in this part of Finchley north-west London.