Beau February 5th, 2009
I had forgotten that in late winter there are some very active critters around- especially underground. Now I don’t mind a mole or two around the place, they’ve got to live too. But when the moles and gophers begin to think this is their private little kingdom, then I’m not a happy camper. After the deep freeze the past few weeks we had a nice warm-up, and I walked around to find this nice little trail of diggings on the hillside below the garden. These dirt piles are 6-12 inches tall, and would fill up a kid’s beach bucket.
These wouldn’t be so bad off in a field by themselves (where they are usually). But on the slope it causes a great deal of erosion, especially when it rains and the water washes down inside the tunnels evacuating mud everywhere. I usually squish the muddy hills and tunnels down with the tractor, and the gophers just dig them out again. We play that game for a while until they move on. Hopefully I can persuade them to move somewhere else again… not on the slopes, and not near the pond dam! But if they won’t? Well, we’re just going to have to figure something out Caddyshack-style… hopefully with better results! Somebody remind me why these little critters are useful anyway?!
And what do you get when you ask a dog-and-water-loving-kid to take a bath, and you didn’t keep an eye on your water-and-kid-loving-labrador-retriever? Well, after hearing unusually gleeful giggles down the hallway, you suddenly look around and notice that your faithful yellow lab is no longer sitting quietly by your side, looking up at you with those big dreamy eyes, and you realize that he has absconded to that playful paradise for kids… the bathtub… much to the boy’s delight of course. So you get up, get your camera and slowly open the door of the bathroom to find your kid squirting water from a squishy toy at the yellow lab, who loves every minute of it. Both of them wore great big smiles, and neither of them wanted to get out…