I thought this space would hold post #3 on our fabulously cool, and green vacation to Oregon.
Did I mention I loved how green it was there?
This morning, I heard a racket outside.
The local bluejays were upset by something.
I assumed it was my office assistant, Hobbes.
I went out to see if he needed my cover to reach the house without getting dive-bombed by the mob of jays.
Instead of finding my cat, I found they were hassling a very large rat snake.
Finally! She'd come out of hiding!
I'd been missing an egg every couple days, for weeks.
I'd go out several times during the day to see if I could catch her in the act of snacking on the free buffet my hens provide.
The hens were no help either.
Since rat snakes don't eat full grown chickens, the hens never gave any warning when the snake would come for lunch.
It took me longer than I would have liked to catch her.
She was a good sport about it though, and only tried to bite me once.
I finally gave up and just plunked a trash can on top of her, then slid the lid under her.
This picture is of her in the can.
She was hoping I would lift the lid just a bit higher so she could strike at me and have me drop the whole works.
No such luck.
I took her several acres away and released her into a nice brush pile.
A perfect place for a rats nest.
She'll have to work for her meals now.