A Duiker Ate My Petunias!


Today was the day…

We walked out the front door and to my shock, something had eaten my petunias…every single one! There was a stray blossom that had fallen down the side of the wall, but that was it. They hadn’t stripped leaves – they had just bitten off all the flowers.

They were as verdant as my others…

They must have tasted delicious. It set me searching for what could have done the deed. According to the internet, rabbits and deer are the biggest culprits who have a particular taste for petunia heads. In the absence of rabbits in the area, I thought it quite possible that a little duiker came by and had a night-time meal. With this in mind I went outside and looked around the most likely route a Bambi may have taken and just look what I found…little footprints. Can you see them? Scroll to the next picture if you can’t…

The idea that a little deer quietly crept to our front door and munched through my pretty petunias doesn’t leave me upset and frustrated, but rather warm and fuzzy inside!

That was unexpected! I asked on the neighbourhood watch chat site if anyone had a photo of a duiker on the mountain and one of the guys who checks the security camera posted this. That looks like a cat as well.

He also posted a caracal….

I wonder if that is what tore into our composing bin.

Then another member of the group posted this amazing picture. It’s a duiker that was seen between our road and Simon’s Town road a few years ago as well as early in 2020 so they are around…beautiful picture…I could imagine this one tucking into pink petunias!

For the rest of the day, Mike and I went to the beach. It was a degree or so warmer than yesterday so I had a good solid 35 minute swim. Fishing boat at sunrise. This was actually from yesterday morning…

I worked for most of the morning and in the afternoon Julian and I went to the second hand shops looking for outside furniture. We found exactly what we were looking for and I also found perfect bedside lamps for the guest house. We are edging our way towards it being finished.

Now I’m off to cook dinner.

Psalm 105:3

Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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