I always thought life in the country was going to be quite slow and well, a tad boring. I never realised how much excitement there could be in a day. A real wild life sometimes.
After the other day's bear attack on the mountain next door today we had the police patrolling during the time the kids walked to school. This caused major excitement 'you're going to get arrested!!!' echoed up and down the mountain. I couldn't help taking the opportunity to suggest that *maybe* they were checking to see if the kids were walking safely on the verge of the road or not.... I said maybe so it's technically not a lie, right?
Then about 10am the outside PA system kicked in and we were told three bears had been seen in the apple orchard at the top of our road. Maybe they were looking for Goldilocks?
Then at lunchtime my neighbour dropped in to say that the neighbour up the road's wild boar had escaped. He caught it in his garden earlier in the year and has been fattening it up for a feast. It is ugly, smelly and incredibly noisy. Personally I reckon his neighbour released it! But anyway, we were on the look out for a possibly mildly annoyed, possibly ecstatic wild boar...
Then at 3:00, school let out time, the school alert system kicked in and I got an email. A monkey gang had been seen on the road that leads down the mountain. Please go and pick up your kid rather than have them walk. Monkeys are not really in the same category as bears and wild boar when it comes to dangers but they travel in packs and can get territorial. They are also stronger than the average six year old so it's a bit of a worry.
Phew..... not such a quiet life after all, huh?
Oh and the school's reaction? Meg came home with a second bear bell for her school bag. She now has one on either side of the bag. I'm really quite sceptical that two bells are more effective than one but she's thrilled at another decoration on her bag so we attached it.
Here's to a quieter weekend...