I have been gardening a lot recently.
Rats have started to come into our driveway at night. Two or three of them. If we leave the light on to discourage them, moths come instead. So I put out a rat trap last night. Then it rained, the rain soaked the bait – bread – and it fell to the bottom of the cage. Thus a rat could get the bread without getting caught. But it seemed to understand it was a trap, and wreaked revenge on our pot plants – digging up five or six small plants and leaving a mess.
Meanwhile, a neighbour created a garden at the back, and we have been planting various things in it. In the afternoons two large (camera-shy) lizards appear. They’re two or three feet long. They seem to have discovered the new garden, and they dig a little – somehow they seem to like digging up an onion we planted, but they don’t eat it. We replant it, and they dig it up again. But they are cute.