Monday, 7 November 2011


Purple Tomatoes post puppy invasion
George manages to trap himself 

When a picture paints a thousand words.....what is the point of even trying to verbalise the sense of frustration and anxiety that one feels when you happen upon a scene of carnage such as this?

These pictures actually depict two different events - the first being George's near death experience. The second, something that became a regular occurrence in our garden for the early part of this year when the puppies, George and Ilsa, Doberman/Rott crossbreeds arrived. They were 12 weeks old and weighed about 10lbs each. Today, a few weeks post their first birthday, not much has changed as far as the seedlings are concerned, only now George weighs in excess of 110lbs and the damage is more rapid and infinitely more devastating. I have no doubt that others with home farms who have had their crops devoured by rabbits, sheep, goats or deer or trampled by cows, horses or even elephants will think this trivial and me pathetic.  They do say that we are only sent what we can deal with, and as a city girl trying to learn - small, bite-sized lessons are by far the easiest to swallow. After a while one takes things less to heart and can visualize the now popular war-time poster with the words "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON" and know that these things are sent to try us and after each such event, we will be stronger and ever more determined........or so "they" say. 


  1. I understand your frustration! I planted lobelia in our garden and new chi Benji dug them back out instantly and then decided to use the patio area that I was laying as a burial ground for all his toys! That really annoyed me and that was from a mini mini dog! xxx

  2. I can see you now : )) The good news is that even when fully grown, you will still be able to pick Benji up and put him inside until you're done!

  3. Vonnie, love the orange blossom pic - wish I was there to actually smell it - today is a typical november day in York, grey & drizzling!!! Louxx