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October 8, 2010

A mystery break in of the garden!

I was doing my usual routine garden walk, checking to see what needed watering when I saw to my astonishment that the back fence by the gate was torn down! The back fence line needs replacing and I haven't gotten around to it. I've nailed up some wood stringers across the weak places where the break in the fence was and so I went to get nails, hammer and wire to fix the fix. Of course, the fix was less stable than the fix that it fixed, but I promised myself that I would buy the fencing and replace the sagging old fence that has been there for 30 years or so.

So as I carry the tools back to the shed, I pass the grapevine in the garden and notice that the birds have been after the grapes. There are tons of them this year. I stop to taste them and find them at last sweet enough for me. The birds are the first to know. And I stop to eat a few. And that is when I discover that the whole left side of the grape abor has collapsed and fallen on the rototiller! Yeesh! First moles, now chaos and destruction!


The broken fence and the broken grape arbor all add up to a bear in the garden whose weight would make short work of both items, but I searched the ground around for footprints and found none. No deer prints. No bear prints. Nothing. Now the ground was wet enough to pick up both deer and bear prints but both animals would have left tracks, not to mention poop!

Maybe it's just that things fall apart which is also true. So far the fix of the fence has held and there have been no more intrusions.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at October 8, 2010 8:30 AM
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