Word of the day: perseverance. It's what we need at the moment! We headed out to The Compound today to check on things. Beryl paid a visit to North Florida, and the outer bands have been passing through Central Florida with wind and minimal rain, at least in our area. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a couple of palm fronds down in the yard, no big deal.
We were however, devastated to find around 20 or so Egrets and Storks in our pond. Yes, the pond that holds our Tilapia! They're awesome to watch, but NOT when they are in your stocked pond. We've not had any issues with birds in the pond for the past 2 years, but now we do. What is the solution? Don't know. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. The best idea we could come up with was cutting down some more palm fronds and floating them in the pond, to give the fish an area to hide from the birds.
Then to top it off, we still have animals eating the ripe tomatoes off the plants and leaving a mess in their wake. We also have a huge bug problem. Anything and everything that eats leaves and the fruit have descended upon my garden!
We need to persevere. I know people who would walk away from this challenge, but not the Moose and me. On went the garden dust. We were still able to leave with a basket full of produce, so I'll count my blessings.
We also let the Class of 2012 out of the coop for a couple of hours. We had to get the Moms and Dad out first, and they were not happy. One of the Moms got in, and she didn't waste anytime trying to exude her dominance. Poor little bugger lost a chunk of newly grown feathers before the Moose was able to get the hen back out of the run. The little one's sure enjoyed themselves. At first they wouldn't even come out of their coop, but once they figured out that scratching, flying, running and eating would be involved, they were happy campers.
I left The Compound with a sprained foot, and will spend the next day or so with the foot elevated. Have a good week! Thanks for following along.