One Man Went To Mow

Mowing the lawn

Since having had the garden landscaped in order to both take care of the water issues and to give the garden a facelift, we now have quite a lot of grass that needs mowing. It grows so fast that I have to mow at least once a week. Good exercise though and I like to practice my stripes.

There’s been a change of colour in the garden – blue blossoms are now appearing. Continue reading

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Why Did The Snake Cross The Road?

Rat Snake

Rat Snake

I don’t know the answer to that question and I really wish that it hadn’t. This poor creature appears to have been side-swiped by a passing car as it tried to cross the road, managed to slither to the verge and then died. It’s a great pity because these snakes are handy to have around. It’s a rat snake, which is a fairly common variety around North Carolina, and is a constrictor. It mainly hunts and feeds on rodents, small birds and birds eggs and, from what I’ve been told, it also keeps the poisonous snake population down as well. We found this one the morning after a heavy rain storm so I can only assume it was out foraging and fell foul of traffic as it attempted to cross the road in the dark of the night. Here’s a picture of a healthy, live one.

A B\black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta)...

A B\black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta). The keeled scales, white chin and lighter ventral scales are keys to identifying it. Notice the opaque (blue) eyes which mean the snake is in “molt” and will shed its skin in a week or so. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some Of What I Left Behind

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Looking at a map of the world the other day, in particular North America and Canada, I was reminded of how vast a land mass this continent that we now live on is. In the old days, the home country … Continue reading