Betsy’s Critters

A visitor in our front yard.  August 18, 2008.

We had a visitor in our front yard. August 18, 2008.

Oh, the joys of living in the woods. I’ve already talked about the things we had to go through to find sunny spots for our roses. But that turned out to be simple compared to some of the other ‘joys’.

Take, for example, the critters. I’ve already mentioned Betsy’s birds — the feathered critters that come to visit the feeders Betsy has put out. But there are other critters as well.

We can’t say we weren’t warned. The first time we came to look at the house we saw three deer in the lot next door. (Do you have any idea how many flowers deer can eat in a single night?). For the first couple of years Betsy was enthralled by the ‘cute’ chipmunks and squirrels. (Do you have any idea how many bulbs those ‘cute’ critters can dig up in a single night?).

We’ve had visits from rabbits (they ate Betsy’s impatiens so they weren’t called cute) and woodchucks (did you know they eat roses?). In the summer we have an occasional midnight visit from a skunk (not pleasant with open windows) and earlier this year we discovered a family of bats behind one of our shutters.

So yesterday when Betsy excited called “Come here and look at this” I wasn’t sure what I would see. What I found was the turtle in the picture above, walking across our front yard. We don’t know where he came from, but that is one critter I may be able to live with!!

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