I’ve had three encounters with humming birds. The first was when I noticed one hovering around what looked like a bird feeder and I later discovered contained sugar water to attract the birds. I’ve seen it a few times since. The second was when I was looking for my sunglasses and I noticed a little yellow bird lying on my straw hat. At first I thought it was one of those stuffed ornamental birds, but then realised it was dead. I showed it to Larry and he said they do sometimes get inside and fly into the windows. He threw it into the pond for the fish. The third was just now. I was sitting outside when I heard a loud buzzing/humming like a large insect. I looked up and right in front of me was a humming bird hovering. They look as if they’re suspended on an invisible wire.
I’ve been on garden duties for the last couple of days, pulling out huge weeds and raking off the dead stuff. I’m a bit worried about finding a snake so I make lots of noise stamping about and keep my eyes open. I had a big pile of leaves and was picking them up with my hands when something moved!! Deciding not to go in with my bare hands I poked around with my rake but didn’t find anything. A bit later, while working on the same pile, something started wriggling about. I made myself take a closer look only to discover the smallest worm I have ever seen.
This morning I saw woodpeckers, bright blue jays, a variety of colourful dragonflies and butterflies.
Larry told us stories about the animals he has killed and eaten: alligator, rabbit, squirrel, racoon, turtle, rat, dove, deer. He has set a turtle trap in the pond but I don’t yet know what he’s going to do with any turtles he catches. He’s going to help me catch a fish (not to eat).
I just heard a fluttering sound in our room. On investigation I decided it could either have been a moth or the lizard pitter pattering over the roof.
There are lots of mosquitoes and I got bitten by a horsefly.
Last night we were woken in the middle of the night when a black Labrador (Barack) plopped himself down between us. He had let himself in as we hadn’t bolted the door!