I only just heard her shouting to me above the noise of the washing machine as I was folding clothes. I looked out of the window, and Sarah had hoisted herself up and was balancing on the top of the picket fence, holding onto an arbour. Between our herb garden
and the arbour leading to the pool area, she had '...spotted the tail end of a small snake...'
I rushed to the phone and rang the Machinist up at the Shop
Within minutes, the Machinist walked through the front door, long handled spade in hand "Where? How?" He went down the deck steps and cautiously poked at a clump of catmint, which was poking through the fence from the shrubbery garden within the 'Vegetable Garden'.
What Sarah thought was a small snake, turned out to be much bigger. The Machinist took three whacks at the slithering reptile with the spade
Site of the whacking: arbour leading to the 'Pool Room'
The snake slithered away. I stood on the back deck, watching and feeling physically faint. I watched it slither under the gladitsia bush, past a purple rose, then under a row of baby's breath, then....where? It had totally disappeared. We knew that probably injured, the snake would be angered. Due to the midday sun and heat, along with shadows from shrubs and bushes, Slithering Houdini had made his getaway... The trouble is - our garden is totally fenced in (goodness knows where he and the other villain entered in the first place). "They always travel in two's, Helen" I can still hear mam advising me on numerous occasions.
The dogs have spent the day indoors. I will not let them out until the snake is found. The Machinist insisted I go into town to buy aspirins. He has been told, from a reliable source, that crushed aspirin, mixed in a bowl of milk, will attract a snake from it's hiding position and kill it. While I took the trip into town, the Machinist whipped up four 'dish guards' from square mesh, to put over the bowls of milk, and thereby prevent the kitties from supping up the deadly concoction.
Extreme situations call for extreme measures.
I returned with the strongest of aspirins as well as Napthalene blocks. After the Machinist had crushed them and spread them around the perimeter of the dogs yard, we could detect that nasty moth ball smell from the front driveway. Even while we were still in the car.
The dogs will have to spend their days in the Grand's fenced in, snake-proof garden and nights in our house during the next few days / weeks - until we can assure their safety in the back yard.
In other news, we've applied three coats of clear epoxy to the 100 square metre plus gallery / cafe floor, as well as three coats of a coloured composite resin to the 45 square metre kitchen floor. Oh, and we've started moving the kitchen equipment in, too. You can read about it at http://www.thedailypies.blogspot.com/ .
I have a shift at the winery tomorrow. And so, for me it's - to bed!