Yuky Mainland swiss cheese - once you've had Jarlsberg every other supermarket Swiss is pretty ordinary!
Outside feeding Floyd a slice of cheese and thought that I should give Meggie a slice, too. Headed for the back entry of the pergola and saw something move when I was only about a metre away... SNAKE!!!!! Only a small one, about 18 inches to two feet. It was hiding in the leaves next to the shed and under the pergola. I suspect it was after the green tree frog sitting on the concrete near the entranceway. He was still sitting up there 20 minutes later. I've moved him up onto the kitchen windowsill.
I'm going to be a bit late for work tomorrow. I'll have to whippersnip, my shoulders going to give me hell, but the poison I sprayed on the grass a couple of weeks ago just isn't working fast enough for me.
Oh, and today in the leaves that have blown under the carport I discovered a small dead snake. No head. Maybe a cat has killed it. It's probably about the size of a pencil, or a bit longer, but that circumference.
Floyd's been barking at something (again), so I've gone out (again) and this time and there's the snake, when I ask Floyd to "Show me?" he went over to the stones in the garden and looked... and there I saw the snake. (phone rings while I'm writing this)... Snake was poking it's head over the bottom plank under the picket-wall of the pergola. I speared with the spade - but the snake was too fast. It's about two feet long, black head, brown body. Brown snake. Or worse. Speared the snake with the spade, but missed, it was too fast.
Phonecall (I'n off the phone now), while I'm on the phone I go outside to see what's happening. Floyd's looking at the place where the snake popped out over the board at the bottom of the pergola fence... and there he is again. I've just explained to phonecaller that I've got a snake under the pergola, asked her to hang on, and as I grabbed the spade again and headed to the wall of the pergola (wood picket-like thing), I see another snake in the leaves (it moved) over to my left. I'd swept out the leaves when the other snake shot through there... but here's another one. Two snakes.
Which one to spear?
The one that was surely here before and had popped back over the wooden plank at the bottom of the pergola fence.
Now I'm inside with Floyd who is puffing and panting because it's HOT in here... It's times like these I wish I had aircon!
Okay. Just swept out the pergola. Didn't see any more snakes. The deadish one isn't quite gone yet. I think he's got a broken neck. I think he's a taipan. Small head, really fat body and a long skinny tail at the end of the fat body...
Floyd won't go outside. I just checked to see if the coast was clear, but there are two more snakes out there. I think I'm going to have to keep Floyd inside tonight. Oh joy, it's quite warm in here tonight.
Made my bed about 10-15 minutes ago. Floyd was in there with me. As soon as I go the bottom sheet on the bed he leapt onto it and made himself at home, and wouldn't get off! When I first brought him home he slept on the papasan chair pad with me...
I've been thinking, I'll have to put the dogs into a kennel until I can get rid of all the long grass around the house. That's the only way. I won't be able to do it all tomorrow morning, aside from the fact that there's so much, I'll probably end up crippling myself - my shoulders been giving me quite a bit of pain for months now.
Kennel is $34/day for both Bundy and Meggie. I'm dropping them off there at about 9am, and they'll stay until Sunday. OUCH!
Four hours straight sleep for me, Floyd was good, slept on a cotton quilt cover on the carpet beside my bed. Up at first light for a tinkle stop out the front, then a couple more hours of dozing, and up at 7am.
He was freaked out by the dog in the mirror for quite a while. Wanted to go back into the bathroom and see what the dog in the mirror was doing. Then when I had my shower that mirror freaked him out, too.
Snake is thought to be a brown snake. Fail. The others might have been, but this wasn't. Epic fail.
Letter to Mr Snake, drafted by MDFD:
Dear Mr Snake
Would you mind holding still please while I go and get my snake identification book to check whether you're venomous our not.
Ok, now my book tells me you might be a keelback but I've a few reservations.
The Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii) is a harmless snake found throughout Northern Australia; it is also known as the freshwater snake. It resembles two venomous snakes, the Taipan and the Rough scaled snake
Before I whack you on the head with this FBS*, I need you to confirm if I'm correct or not because if you're in fact a taipan you may kill me.
*FBS = Bloody Big Shovel