Yay! (Shhhh, don't want to put the mockers on it.)
I saw a snake today, scared hell out of me. I'd just let Floyd off to go down with the other dogs about a half hour before. He galloped down to the dogyard and ran along the fence with Meg on the other side. I let him in and then fed them and came back inside for a while.
I heard the mickey birds (native miners) going off out the back and Floyd was barking. I went to see what the noise was all about. Floyd has a habit of running over to where the mickey birds are and barking at them (they sit in the trees and make a racket, usually when there's predatory birds around, or snakes).
As I stepped off the concrete under the pergola I was looking at the dogs. About two paces later I was looking down and stopped... a black hose... moving... aaaargh! A snake. A black snake. Only about 2 foot long (I'm old, centimetres? 2.2cm/inch, work it out!). It slithered under some leaves. I whacked the ground with a star picket a few times to scare it away.
I have someone coming tomorrow to mow/whipper snip for me, but rain is forecast for the next week.
I've repaired the fence
The First 48, a show from the US that I like, started again last Sunday. It's on after I've gone to bed and I haven't connected up the video yet, I have a dvd recorder but it's primitive, and klunky to use (it only records 2 hours or one DVD, you can set it a certain way you can record 4 hours, but that's a pain).