Stand By to Repel Boarders*

Despite the warmer weather, we’ve been having a fire more often than usual. Partly this is because we’re rashly experimenting with turning off the heating, but mainly it’s because I noticed recently that the chicken wire netting that’s supposed to keep jackdaws out of the chimney has been torn off. Allegedly, the man who’s coming to look at our roof, walls, and leaking downpipe will also refix it, but meanwhile, given that this is prime nest-building season, we’re hoping to discourage the jackdaws by lighting a fire often enough that the birds choose someone else’s chimney to raise a family. Time will tell whether the fear of being kippered alive is enough to discourage them from their fascination with chimneys but our neighbour’s chimney had two dead ones in it when she got it swept last year, and the chimney sweep reported with glee that he’d just pulled seventeen of them out of a chimney in a nearby town. Jackdaws, being corvids, ought to be pretty bright, for birds at least, but obviously when there’s a chimney to be explored, all common sense goes out of the window.

hmm, really must clean that kitchen floor

Still, as hardships go, having to have an open fire in the chilly spring evenings probably doesn’t rank quite up there in the top-ten unpleasant things about rural life, like digging out your septic tank, so I’m not really complaining. Other wildlife invasions are worse. Like this chap who came hopping determinedly along the corridor the other evening just as we were thinking about going to bed. We’ve been here before, and I don’t think then that anyone came up with a really convincing explanation for a fully grown frog’s appearance in the house. We don’t really leave the door open, certainly not for long enough for a frog to get in unobserved (they’re not actually all that light on their feet), and I don’t think it’s come down the chimney – can they really come up through the loo?

Actually, having thought about it, I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that one.

*stop changing the bedsheets

8 Responses to Stand By to Repel Boarders*

  1. Dom says:

    Does the [Cooking range that is similar to an Aga but isn’t an aga who’s name completely escapes me for the moment and that I can’t be bothered to Google for] not use the same chimney?

  2. Dom says:

    *Rayburn – knew it would come to me 🙂 Doesn’t the Rayburn use the same chimney?

  3. disgruntled says:

    No. It’s got its own

  4. sebbie says:

    I looked at that picture for ages before my brain turned it from some weird puzzle into a frog.

    I can’t remember if you have a cat? Ours used to catch frogs (until strangely there didn’t seem to be any about any more). Mostly it killed them but once or twice it let them free inside.

  5. disgruntled says:

    I did wonder if the neighbour’s cat might be the culprit but the frog was quite whole for one that’s been got by a cat.

  6. John Gibson says:

    at first glace I thought it was a rusty bike chain.

  7. Maybe it’s time you cleaned the bath….just a thought

  8. disgruntled says:

    John – clearly I’ve got a way to go before I’ve mastered this new camera
    Mr Goat – I wondered what all the little jelly-like lumps in it were…

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