Sunday, 1 January 2012

Jottings from the Tropics: 1 Jan 2012

And there was I thinking that I would go to sleep early on New Year’s Eve. I hadn’t considered the wildlife.

First, a fly. A fly. A. Freakin’. Fly! It was too high up on the wall to swat, so I spent quite some time trying to lure it out of the bedroom by leaving on lights in other parts of the house. When that failed, I gave up. Well, you know what they say — try once, then give it away as a bad job.

And then the possums. Up and down the damned ladder (which is bolted to the back wall) and all over the roof. (If you’ve never heard a possum walk across a tin roof, it sounds exactly like a person. Only much heavier.) Now, I can normally sleep through the racket made my perambulating possums, but last night they sounded as if they were nose-diving into it. Quite frankly, when I checked the roof this morning, I expected to find a parachutist spread-eagled on it. (I didn’t, in case you were wondering.)

If they do the same tonight, there will be words. Words!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

*secretly hopes for a little bit of provocation just to see the words*

:)
jj

Snail said...

They won't be pretty words. No siree!

I really don't know what they were doing. In fact, I can't even imagine what they were doing.

mick said...

I have wondered for some time if all the movements and noises you describe during the day-time just magically went away at night - which didn't make sense with possums around! I also wondered if you had a magic potion to take at night :-) Maybe some more posts about the night noises would be fun!

mick said...

"Fun" for the rest of us - I should have said!

Snail said...

The thing is I can sleep through the noises at night. Possums, owls (all three species), frogs, crickets and katydids, even the very loud scrubfowl --- none of them disturb me. The slightest car sound or distant radio or power tool, though, drives me up the wall.

On the whole, I probably shouldn't be where other people are.

But I will def blog about the nocturnal wildlife.

Susan said...

Cute...we have squirrels that dance in our rafters -or move furniture about so that they have more room to dance.
Happy New Year!

Snail said...

How do such small animals make so much noise?

Happy 2012, Susan!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

my night time noises come from UNDER the house...'possums!
i don't think our 'possums are as agile as yours...
i've never heard of one climbing a ladder?!!
hmmmmm...maybe i'll lean one against the house...just to test this out...

Snail said...

That could lead to much regret!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

you're right...just in case...i'll reconsider. under the house is better...they would be much noisier on a metal roof!