The other morning I took a video of 5 deer walking nonchalantly across our lawn. I’ve also taken photos of badgers, squirrels and rats in the garden. They are all a menace. The deer, because they eat the plants; the badgers because they dig up the lawns looking for worms; the squirrels because they dig up bulbs and replant them in inappropriate places; and the rats because they eat the bird food and attract the cats, which in turn kill the birds.
Tonight I was pleased to come across a toad, sitting on our front step. Unlike the others, the toad is our friend. He is out all night eating slugs. I know somewhere he’ll never grow hungry – in amongst the Hostas.