Monday, April 4, 2011
I decided I needed to get the brush cutter out to take down some VERY long grass and so headed for the tool shed, long forgotten for over 3 months. I'd put a large cupboard in there last year, that I picked up second hand. It is, (was), solid and protects the power tools well. I couldn't believe it when I opened the door - TERMITES!
Here's a close up of the door frame - now with tracks running up and down it where the termites are busy eating it away. Yes all those small things on the tracks are termites. Literally hundreds fell to the concrete floor when I opened the door.
So I then went over to the big shed as I needed fuel for the brush cutter. I walked in and started to mix the fuel and two-stroke oil. Then I heard a noise above my head.
A carpet snake had moved into the shed rafters. They aren't poisonous and they keep down the rodent population, but the initial noise above my head did strike terror into my heart for a moment and I kept my eye on him/her, or they...
As you can see the snake crosses over from one rafter to the other side. The first picture shows one side, this the other. If you look closely you'll see a large snake with the distinctive lighter shading of the carpet snake and directly above it a darker, thinner snake. Or was it one huge snake with part curled around on itself? Short of getting out the ladder, which I wasn't quite brave enough to do, I couldn't be sure. It had stopped moving, clearly hoping I couldn't see it if it kept still and possibly more afraid than I was.
You might like to revisit an earlier post of mine - remember the Fighting snakes ?
So there you go, I'm back and there are clearly plenty of adventures left in this piece of scrubby bush. Enjoy.