The foxes seem to follow an established route, which they have used to my certain knowledge for at least 21 years, because that is how long I have lived here, and they have always followed this path. They like to enter and exit my garden at certain points. Now if it were down to me, I'd tolerate this. In fact I'd even make a "door" for them, since that would minimise damage to my property. Unfortunately my neighbours adopt a different approach. They attempt to block the foxes' entry points with big stones, paving-blocks, bits of wood etc. When this happens, the foxes simply dig another hole under the fence - oblivious to the damage they cause to the fences and the plants growing nearby. Here's what confronted me yesterday:
Two of my precious "Autumn Bliss" raspberry plants, completely uprooted. Well, I did the only sensible thing - I transplanted them further along the fence, and I didn't fill in the hole. But I expect that within a couple of days the hole will have been blocked on the other side of the fence, and the whole thing will start all over again.
Yes, I was angry when I took those photos. But then I calmed down and looked for some other more attractive photo-subjects. It was, after all, a nice sunny morning...
The Ladybird Poppies are having one final fling before Winter:
The Blueberry bushes look almost transparent in the sunlight.
We've just had all the guttering on our house replaced, so in an odd way I'm rather looking forward to having some heavy rain, just to see how the new gutters perform. Now that we're into November, I don't think I'll have long to wait...
P.S. Sunday morning brings new woes. The foxes have evidently turned vegetarian:-
Something has completely destroyed one of my precious Red Cabbages! I only
P.P.S. Jane said that only I would dash outside in the pouring rain to photograph this cabbage and thus turn a miniature disaster into a blogging opportunity. Thanks, Jane; I'll treat that as a compliment...!