The worst we had was a pigeon flying into the house.....
hey, that can still get out of hand. Birds push off with thier legs when they take off. I had a cardinal fly in the house once and it was all pretty cool until he flew in the kitchen and lighted on some dinner plates that were drying in the dish rack. He ended up breaking 3 plates and a water glass before he finally left.The worst we had was a pigeon flying into the house.....
I dont have badgers here. Our local entry in that category of varmint are racoons. You think of racoons as being about the size of a hat or cap. Well, I had a 25 pound female trapped out of here last winter. I tell you, you could have made a sweater for a 5 year old child out of this one. That's not even the biggest one I've seen out here, either.English countryside for us. We have seen a few grass snakes. We get badgers, foxes, deer, geese, rabbits etc. and the the odd vole, mouse or rabbit in kit form on our carpet courtesy of the cat.
kookaburras....that's one we dont have hereI live 20 yards from a large nature reserve, which I love. I walk my dog there an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, plus meet dog-walking friends. (It's 65% bush, 35% open space for off-leash dogs.)We even have a weekly (or so) gin club. But that's not the wild nature part. I've seen wedge-tailed eagles, powerful owls (which dine on possums, which are bigger than racoons), kookaburras, foxes, 50 species of birds etc. Luckily, I've never seen a snake (Australian snakes are mostly deadly) but I'd be surprised if there were none there. The bush, the creek! Also, part of it used to be the southern hemisphere's largest daffodil farm, now defunct. I feel very blessed indeed.
Wow!. I think if I saw a snake in the house I'd grab the dog and the wife (in that order - no, just kidding) and get out. That's what snake catchers are for. But what if the snake disappeared while I was outside?kookaburras....that's one we dont have here
But the birds of prey you have there, that's pretty cool stuff.
2 summers ago, right when all the geese were hatching their chicks, I had a bald eagle fly in and try and raid the geese living here. That was really something. I have seen eagles grab fish from the ocean up in Alaska, but never had I seen an eagle at this close a range doing real "combat" flying with a target acquired and all that. The geese must have held ranks because he never dove on the nest, just "buzzed" them waiting for a mis-step.
and good thing you dont see alot of snakes where you are. Most or your local snakes are some of the deadliest on Earth. These black snakes that checked themselves into the "Honeymoon Suite" at my place are not only not venomous, but they are rather timid, so I was very lucky
I did once kill a poisonous copperhead snake in my kitchen with a carving knife, but that was a totally different sort of encounter. My hands were actually shaking after that one. 😄
Go on. Why didn't you just grab it? 🤣Never had a snake in a house but had a skunk in an office,to which the police removed
Yes, but you are also stuck there. At least, that is the experience in Australia. While you ruralise, you property will increase in value slowly while properties in city rocket, gradually making the city market impossible for you. Hve you considered keeping your property, renting it out and renting yourself in the bush?I've lived in a forest outside a big city for about 6 years now. It's been lovely as we have all the advantages of country life and the city. Just recently got a new job which is a very rural area though, so we're now looking for something there. It will be an interesting experience to really be in the middle of nothing. The bright side is that real estate is then so much cheaper that I can probably get a much bigger studio than what I have.
We sadly can't afford to do that. The thing is that even though it's a rural area, it is slowly being swallowed up closer to the capital city so the prices on a 10-20 year scale will definitely go up. Either way, the job is an associate professorship in music anyways so it will be stable and I doubt I will move jobs unless I would start freelancing 100% again.Yes, but you are also stuck there. At least, that is the experience in Australia. While you ruralise, you property will increase in value slowly while properties in city rocket, gradually making the city market impossible for you. Hve you considered keeping your property, renting it out and renting yourself in the bush?
scorpions...yep. Glad we dont have those. I've been in West Texas and Arizona, so I can truly be glad that scorpions dont live here.I built my home 22 years ago on what was for decades farm land, mostly growing alfalfa for animal feed. As it was in the middle of the desert meant that we battled critters large and small but as the area has become more and more built up (ruining it) the visitors have decreased - but not totally. Every year I have to remove scorpions and lizards and black widows are not uncommon either. There are roof rats that love the citrus trees, and they provide the dogs a lot of entertainment. The wife doesn't find them fun at all. One of my favorite things to see in the yard is the occasional road runner (beep beep) that comes looking for bugs and other things to eat. The worst things are the now uncommon coyote that prowls the neighborhood looking for cats and small dogs to carry away and eat. Yes, it happens, and many people have lost pets that way. There's a 200-acre nature preserve nearby that these critters live in. It's not for everyone.
yep, that's me. I could sell this place and I wouldn't be able to afford a to buy place in any city on the eastern seaboardYes, but you are also stuck there. At least, that is the experience in Australia. While you ruralise, you property will increase in value slowly while properties in city rocket, gradually making the city market impossible for you. Hve you considered keeping your property, renting it out and renting yourself in the bush?