I knew it! One night when I went out to shut the chickens away, something suddenly crashed around in the trees along the edge of The Cedar Pen. I shone my phone light around a bit but couldn’t see anything. I told The Husband I thought there was a possum out there. He said it was probably a cat. Cats don’t crash around in the trees at night. They are creatures of stealth. How would they catch so many things if they made that much noise? The next night, I heard more rustling around in one of the trees when I went out there. Then, a few nights ago, I saw it with my own eyes. A disdainful, fuzzy creature jumped from MY apple tree onto the fence, scuttled along the top of the fence and disappeared into the bay tree or cedar tree before I could say, “You thieving scumbag!” I bet he’s been having a great time with our fruit. Now to figure out how to get rid of him. Possums are a scourge in our country. And this fellow is a scourge to our homestead.

You may notice that chickens are conspicuously absent from this post, because we’re having chicken problems at the moment, in a certain faction, and I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

We have said goodbye to the trampoline, which I am quite happy about. The Little Fulla wasn’t using it much and it was really in the way of my plant growing area. I am REALLY enjoying looking outside and seeing a better view of the garden and chicken pen. I feel like I have my space back again.

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I have my space back! Now to deal with the piles.

I dealt with the pile of branches that had gathered in front of the back carport, above. I chopped them all up for firewood or kindling for next year. I was feeling so pleased with myself and the weather was so nice, that I went and pruned the grapefruit tree. I pruned it hard. I wasn’t intending to prune it hard at this time of year but it had a lot of citrus tree borer damage that needed to be gotten rid of, plus it was shading part of the Vege Garden, plus we actually barely use the grapefruit. We just haven’t figured out what to do with it yet. Now, there is a GIANT pruning mountain of grapefruit branches in the chicken pen. Oops! Making more work for myself. But more firewood. I am still deciding whether the tree is worth keeping with its damage plus lack of use.

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BEFORE: The grapefruit tree is the one in the centre of this photo. Yes, we’ve had some fog.
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AFTER: The grapefruit tree doesn’t have much of an impact on the skyline now… But the peach tree next to it has more space.

All the frosted capsicum plants were pulled out of the Vege Garden, which made more space for the brassica seedlings, that I was really supposed to plant before winter, but, you know. I’ve planted cauliflowers, savoy cabbages and broccoli. I haven’t yet counted how many of each, but the cauliflower label said 15 seeds had been sown, so you get the picture. Why did I sow so many brassicas all at once? Probably because I was already behind. Anyway, they are in the garden now, so that’s that.

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A little cauliflower seedling.

I have also planted the garlic. I planted 20 cloves of elephant garlic saved from last season. I was a bit of a stinge with the amount of elephant garlic that was allowed to make it into the kitchen. I had also stored two bulbs of common Printanor garlic. While the common garlic crop was a disaster thanks to rust, for the second year in a row, the two cloves I planted in the Herb Garden last year were actually ok, although they were small thanks to not enough sun and nutrients. Now, I told myself that I was not allowed to plant common garlic anymore, because it was a waste of space, time and money when it kept getting stunted by rust. But then, I found a loophole in my plan. I planted six cloves in the Herb Garden. They aren’t stealing space from any veges there! And, actually, they’re kind of a herb anyway…

A few other things that have been done recently are:

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Attaching wire netting all around the bottom of the main coop so chicks can’t get stuck under it.
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The Husband found a tool to cut up the large metal frame that was part of the old woodshed roofing into smaller pieces for disposal.

The Husband got out the sewing machine and spent a good deal of time fixing up holes in a few pairs of his jeans. I didn’t notice what he was doing until I saw the finished product. He sewed the patches on the inside. I found this hilarious. Points out of 10 for execution? Points out of 10 for making you laugh?

Something about the frosts we’ve had made the spiders hang their webs all over the plants one night and they were quite a sight in the morning.

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And then the heavy rains came back. And we’re back to a very soggy mess.

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But we did have a beautiful sunrise this morning.

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10 thoughts on “There IS a Blimmin’ Possum in Our Yard!

  1. Wow! Those webs are spectacular and so beautiful. What a sight.
    We don’t have possums up here in the Rockies, the closest thing I can think of is raccoons, and so far the raccoons have avoided our property. I think it is the LGD that keeps them at bay.
    As for your husband – a 10 for effort to make something unusable more usable again! Definitely needs to work on technique, but hey – he got it done and that is what matters!

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    1. I should have taken more photos of the spiderwebs, as they were just draped everywhere! The rain has destroyed them now, but I wonder if they’ll make a comeback.
      Yes, the advantages of having a LGD. I don’t know if any kind of dog would deter a possum from being on our property, but maybe one day we can test that out. 😉
      I will tell The Husband you rated his work highly. He really is quite handy, when he can pull himself away from the computer screen. He fixed a hole in The Little Fulla’s sock rather well. I should take a photo of that too.

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    1. Haha. Our possums are definitely cuter than your opposums, but probably far more detested. Aside from stealing produce from gardeners, our possums are best known for their effect on our natural species. According to DOC (Department of Conservation) they destroy native plants by eating all parts of them, as well as gobbling up the food supply of native birds, they eat bird eggs AND some bird species, plus native invertebrates, and they can also spread bovine tuberculosis to cows and deer. And there are heaps of ’em. https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/animal-pests/possums/ No wonder they poison them.

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          1. Well, that is a good reason for our bobcats to be cuter.
            I wrote a brief article about my impression of Australia in response to someone there posting very amusing pictures and odd facts about it. Wallabies are VERY scary! There are no Pontiacs in Australia, and if there were, they would drive on the wrong side of the road!

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          2. I have seen some Pontiacs at car shows, the dragway and even several on the road (a rare occurrence) and I have oohed and ahhed over them very much. A Pontiac Firebird is my dream car. And it’s fair to say, it will have to remain that way.

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          3. Oh, how funny. That was a trendy car for a long while. It was just a fancier form of a Corvette. I suppose they are nice; they are just so small! There are no more new Pontiacs, but it is still difficult to imagine them as rare.

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