As a farmer I share my life with animals. The obvious ones are the cows, dogs and horses but I can assure you they are not the only inhabitants of Rocky Springs. For every cow we have in the paddock we probably have ten kangaroos or wallabies. There is a large population including eastern grey kangaroos, body-building wallaroos and very cute pretty-faced wallabies.
There are also echidnas,
Unfortunately the animals don’t always stay in the paddocks.
You have read about the snake in my car
but have I told you about Monty? Monty was a carpet python who lived in the roof of our last property, Braeside. The house was fairly run-down and had many holes in the ceiling, which would constantly drip water when it rained. Sick of sleeping in the wet patch I sent Brian into the roof one morning to fix some leaks and while on his hands and knees in the smallest of spaces he came face-to-face with Monty. The two of them exchanged expletives and withdrew, and Monty became a talking point for all of our visitors.
At the moment we have rodents. This is not unusual. When we first moved into Braeside Pep got all his exercise chasing mice up the hall and I remember being in bed one night when I heard the satisfactory sound of a mouse-trap going off. The sound soon became unsatisfactory when I heard the trap being dragged around the kitchen by something considerably larger than a mouse.
I won’t go as far to say we currently have a plague of rodents, though you will form your own opinion when I tell you we see mice crawling out of the stove, scampering along curtain rails and running across the lounge-room floor. We have already replaced the stove once as the mice had chewed out the wiring.
Pep once bailed up a feral kitten in our store-room, there have been snakes on the kitchen door, bats in the bedroom, frogs in the toilet, gecko skins behind pictures on the wall and another time we had a goanna in the fire-place. All make life interesting.
So Mob, what critters have you had as houseguests?