I know I said I would back track. I was so excited towards the end of the week. At last we have a move date. Paul came around from JVK Movers to survey the property. He hadn’t been gone very long when Buddy is growling near the bedroom door. There near the door way is a snake. OK, its just a small one but its still a snake.
Shoved the dogs and the cat in the bedroom and ran for my kitchen knife. Got back and the bleeding thing had gone!!!! OMG it had gone under the door and was now in the bedroom with the dogs and the cat.
So did a jiggle about and got them out and killed the snake. Chopped its head off. I know some people would think it very wrong to kill it but until you have identified the snake you don’t know if its harmful or not. Some are not venomous, but it can still inflict a rather nasty bite.
Turns out the Golden Tree Snake is not venomous but I don’t know about its bite. Better to air on the side of caution and as I am not Steve Irwin I am not about to pick a snake up by its tail and hope to avoid getting bitten. NO THANKS
Mondays start early in our house. OH gets up an hour early to start his journey to Bangkok.
Monday to Friday until we move house. I was a good dog owner this morning and decided I would get out early just as the sun was rising. Much cooler then but so hard to get myself out of bed. I am hopeless at getting up and usually by 7am its way too hot for me walking dogs. I try and get out between 6am-6,30am
We had had our walk around Horse Shoe Point and were back before we normally would have even been out the door. I had my coffee and the dogs had their breakfast. I might add that Buddy won’t finish his biscuits until milk is poured on!!! excuse me, is he spoiled or what????? He is such a Molly dog. Bless Tess, she’s like a dustbin but still enjoys that milk and in fact waits for it.
Out into the garden to sweep the leaves.
I am sure this garden takes more effort than the huge garden (Park I called it) we had before. These bbbbbllly trees, as soon as the wind blows (which of course would be lovely under normal circumstances to get a bit of a breeze) down the leaves come. What a mess every day. Then of course the house is surrounded at the front with trees on the outside of the perimeter wall. They fall too. Nearly every morning is spent sweeping leaves. Good exercise that’s for sure.
This morning, earlier on before our dog walk I had seen in the semi darkness and again without my glasses on, what looked like a fat toad on the terrace. When I opened the door it disappeared under the decking. No way I thought could that be a toad. Maybe a big spider or something. Well after my coffee what I actually found under the decking was a toad and a frog. Cheeky monkey”s eh?? Over the wall they flew in an over arm action!!!! I am sure they just hop back in later on no matter how hard I throw them.
I could see a hole in the soil in one of my pots and the miniature rose bush had died. Buddy had very kindly dug a hole at the edge of the grass so I thought I would put the remaining soil in the hole to fill it up. What tumbled out the soil was a bit of a shock. Eggs…… about an inch tall, oval in shape. White as white could be.
I felt cold, I knew exactly what was going to be inside. I counted at least 10-12 of these + there were 4-5 empty ones too. I always wear thick gardening gloves so I squeezed one egg hard. Out came a baby snake. Goodness knows how squashed it was in there as it measured about 4inches in length when it unraveled itself, so sorry guys I had to squash it.
The other eggs I squashed to make sure no snakes survived. On snake programs they say baby snakes are the worst as they will be the worst to bite, while big snakes try and get out of the way. Yeh right, it would seem in my garden they just want to fight and not be moved.
So much for taking my lovely plants with me to the new house. No way……..they will have to stay here. I took some of my pots outside by the bin and half an hour later when I looked they had all been taken by others. So that’s good that they got new homes already. I checked as many as I could for eggs. Found another frog. How they survive buried right at the bottom of pots is unbelievable. Last week I emptied a pot where a plant had died and there were 5 frogs in the bottom. Maybe that’s what is killing my plants from the inside out. Do frogs eat plants?? not sure.
I have checked my bigger pots and can’t see any holes in the soil so I hope they are safe. Still not going to take them now though. Such a shame as I have some lovely bougainvillea and standard verbena bushes.
Just want to get out of here now.
The agent from Asian Tigers Mobility arrived a few hours later for a house survey. He asked if I was taking my plants. So the story was told about the snake eggs this morning and all the snakes that came before…………. Hope one of these companies can get us out of here before 1st August.
Happy Days eh????