Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Death of Rats comes to call

I was working in the green house this morning. Once again replanting the spinach and fitting wire mesh over the bed to try to protect them from the mice. The wire I needed was in a corner of the greenhouse under a board I've been meaning to move but haven't gotten to yet. I bent over to pick up the board and this little fellow tapped me on the shoulder. I glanced back, a bit startled to see him sitting there grinning, then flipped the board. Out scampered the biggest, fattest field mouse I've ever seen. (7.75 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.)


Thanks to Terry Pratchett for creating such a helpful demigod
Without even thinking, my size 9 boot stomped down. End of mouse. Death of Rats scooped the suprised little fellow up, squeaked that there "IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH" and faded into the multiverse from whence he came.

That should slow down the spinach seed eating for a day or two. By then the Cunning Artificers may have produced their better mouse trap and I will be set.

7 comments:

Ali said...

Eliot Coleman's vole trap design here: http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=833

It might work.

Ali@henbogle

tansy said...

boy, that's some quick reflexes!

julie said...

hi friend, your story reminds me of edward abby describing his moment of killing the rabbit in desert solitaire (not that it was pre-meditated, just vividly depicted). may your spinach thrive!

Alan said...

Ali, thanks for the link. Looks like a better mouse trap. We need to download Eliot Colman's brain. So many good ideas.

inadvertent farmer said...

I think a direct brain transplant with Elliot is in order here!

I am impressed with your quickness...it is amazing what we can do when it comes to saving our babies...baby spinach that is!

Daphne said...

You made me smile with the reference. I think he is the only author that makes me smile when I hear Death.

Alan said...

Daphne, He makes me smile all the time. If I could read nothing else, it would be TP.

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