Friendly little visitors in our neck of the woods

29 Mar

Since we have moved to what I call the farm, we have had quite a few friendly and not so friendly visitors, and I’m not talking about humans.
When we first arrived, the first animal to visit was a cute little white rabbit. At first it would sit near a tree at the back, later it figured a way to get into the front of the yard and relax in the shade provided by the trampoline. I’ve missed the visits but apparently a Jackal roams the fields and that may be the reason why we haven’t seen it or it could have been killed by a snake. At least there are a few other terribly cute bunnies hopping about but none of them venture over to our neck of the woods.
We also have a family of swallows that nest in our back courtyard and one of them managed to fly in (giving me the fright of my life) and then find its way out again. Scarier visitors include a Rhinkhals! Yes, one of the MOST venomous snakes in the countryside also known as a Ring-necked spitting cobra! Let’s see how you sleep at night knowing THAT. He politely decided that he would stay for an entire week in a tree stump also in the back courtyard. I swear I had nightmares for an entire week that I would “run” into it in the passage in the middle of the night. Sadly (not for me) his life ended when our gardener and my hubby killed it. I insisted they burn him but they refused.
Another not so welcomed creatures are the wasps. I’ve found and destroyed at least 3 nests but I’m always on the look out in our shed and around the house. I will admit to having had a very bad experience with a baby wasp that was warm and comfy in my bathroom towel until I finished my shower and unbeknown to me brought it to my bosom where it stung the day lights out if me. Imagine me running around screaming in agony and my hubby looking at me shocked – I couldn’t tell if it was shock or pure disbelief, either way, I don’t do wasps.
On two occasions, I’ve had friends over for lunch and a swarm of bees have raided my house and kitchen, but that wasn’t something my “Zapper” couldn’t remedy. Yes I know, I need to find other friendlier ways of getting rid of the bees.
In the last week however, a little brown mouse has been scurrying between my kitchen and lounge! At first, I didn’t believe my helper because my tray of vegetables were untouched but Then I saw it for myself and am absolutely horrified which is better than terrified.
Last night was the straw that broke the camels back! No I’m not talking about camels here but frogs! It was the reason that I had to blog about all the creatures that have found their way into our home. It’s small which is fine but I don’t know where on earth he disappeared to in my dining room and it just better not die in my house somewhere and stink up a blessed storm.
So don’t be surprised when you come over to visit, yes you know who you are!!!!

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2 Responses to “Friendly little visitors in our neck of the woods”

  1. Robyn March 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    No no no no no… count me out, let’s meet at Papachinos rather? Haha!!

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    • Corinne March 31, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      I should probably put a sign up saying: enter at own risk! Hahaha

      Like

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