November 10, 2012

A FRY-UP, TWO BIRTHDAYS AND UNWELCOME VISITORS.

We have a duo of birthdays this weekend.  My dad on Saturday (84) and Nick on Sunday (58).

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For his Saturday brunch Nick requested a special fry-up.  In the interests of good health the only things we fried were the chestnut mushrooms in a little butter.  The sausages and bacon were grilled and the eggs poached.

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We had halloween sausages and smoked back bacon from the local farm shop.  The bacon was just how it used to be in the olden days – no frothing at all, just sizzle and flavour.  The eggs were poached using my poach pods.  The beans were a Heinz 5-beans mixture and the tomatoes were, I confess, ordinary plum tomatoes.  The bread was a sourdough loaf from the same farm shop and it reminded me of the Pressignoise baguette we get from the boulangerie in Le Grand-Pressigny.

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Our task after brunch was somewhat less agreeable.  We had spotted two mounds of earth right next to the pond in the back garden last weekend, as if some creature had burrowed under the pond lining.  Very strange.

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Another inspection this morning revealed a third mound.  Moles ??

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An inspection of the inside of the shed revealed that some creature, presumably the same one(s), had eaten its way through the back wall to get in and then feasted on bags of wild bird food.  Fresh droppings indicated the presence of rats.  Ugh.

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Did we really get all this stuff out of the shed?

So Nick and I are spending his birthday weekend clearing out the shed, setting traps and putting down poison.  War has been declared !!

16 comments:

  1. Rats make such a mess, don't they. I recently discovered that one has made a cosy nest in a folded tarp down at our orchard.

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  2. Happy Birthday Nick and Dad. Nigel's birthday today as well, he has at last reached pensionable age yippee :-))))

    Hope you have sorted out the unwelcome visitors, rates are relatively easy but moles are another storey.. We have them here from time to time and they drive me mad! At least they are not dirty and stay in the lawn.

    Have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Happy birthday, Nigel !!
      That should be an easy one to remember - the same day as my dad !!

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  3. Happy birthday to your two birthday boys, and what a lovely dish of food! Have been on our feet all day shifting things from there to there to there.....am starving hungry but am too tired to cook anything except a banana sandwich! But your photo has really made me think that I ought to make the effort and do something more substantial!

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  4. But at least you were well-fortified for the fray, Jean. Many happy returns to the birthday boys and good luck with the anti-rat crusade.

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  5. Happy birthdays to Nick and your father.

    At least the shed clearing will work off brunch and work up an apetite for the delights you have planned for the rest of the weekend.

    Will there be cake?

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  6. Hippo, Birdy, two ewes,
    Hippo, Birdy, two ewes,
    Hippo, Birdy, Deer Nick [and Jean's Dad],
    Hippo, Birdy, two ewes,

    And may the rats follow the Fried piper...

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  7. Many thanks for your birthday wishes one and all. 58....I never thought I'd last this long....but here I am and not entirely bald (yet)!

    Nick

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    1. That's what My DH said when he reached 60, Nick, and he was 65 last birthday! The best is yet to come....

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  8. R.A.T.s ouch!!

    But a birthday (or two!) - now that's a much nicer thing altogether!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nick and Jean's dad... xxx

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  9. Breakfast looks so delicious (except for the beans)! And your shed contents look like what might come out of a clown car. It takes true talent to fit all that in there.

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    1. The big questions are... Was there someone on a parallel Earth putting more stuff away in the shed as they were unpacking it?... Will it all fit back in?... How many times did Nick say "Oh! That's where it is!"

      Look out for the Hippo Birdies Nick...

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  10. Happy Birthday, Nick! You don't look a day over 57...

    So... do you think you have rats AND moles? Ugh! I haven't seen rats around us, maybe Bertie has something to do with that. But moles we got. Two fresh mounds in the garden on Friday. I think they're settling in for winter.

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  11. Happy Birthday Nick! That breakfast looks scrummy!. We're very impressed with all the stuff you managed to fit into that shed :-) Good luck with getting it all back in!

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  12. yikes ! Did all that go back into that tiny shed ?

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