Good morning dear Reader......I wasn't going to write a blog today, deciding that I was going to have a day off....then I saw it! Yes....a brown snake.....I was just outside in the driveway paying the Groomers for washing the puppies, when I saw it on the sandstone steps that lead from the street down to our front door.....First reaction! Scream like all hell......Second reaction.....find a spade and kill the mongrel thing! Third reaction.....leave it alone and run! I went with the third reaction....
Now I am sitting inside and worrying that my puppies may be bitten by the damm thing......I actually don't let them up the front area, unless I have them on a lead but, no way are they going out there today......My logical brain is telling me that the snake is just finding some warmth.....it has turned a little cool here......my insane brain is freaking out that the thing will get into the house and we will all die by snake bite....Mind you...it is only a juvenile but they are still deadly......One of the most poisionous snakes in the world......I do love this country but, oh dear, we have deadly everything, snakes, spiders, etc and they all seem to live here in my street......I looked up the brown snake on the net and this is what I found,
"Don’t let the innocuous name of this snake fool you, 1/14,000 of an ounce of its
venom is enough to kill an adult human. Coming in a variety of species, the
Eastern Brown snake is the most venomous. Unfortunately, its preferred habitat
is also along the major population centres of Australia. The Brown snake is fast
moving, can be aggressive under certain circumstances and has been known to
chase aggressors and repeatedly strike at them. Even juveniles can kill a human."
Holy bloody smoke....no wonder I am a blubbering mess at the moment.......Although, it's not the first time..... Year before last, I had come home and driven into the garage. I was still in the car as the garage door closed......I got out of the car and was just reaching for the door handle to go into the house when I noticed a movement on the floor......I jumped back, realising that it was a snake....At this stage I didn't know what it was. I went into my maniac panic mode! I was frantically pressing the button on the keys I was holding, trying to get the garage door open, only to realise that I had the car keys and not the garage opener.....I had to quickly jump to the other side of the car, fearing all the time that the snake was going to see me and come underneath the car and bite all my toes.....I am feeling sick now just thinking of it.....I managed to get into the car and open the garage door.....I jumped out, after checking the floor to make sure it was clear, and I ran like an idiot up the driveway......
I noticed, when I started breathing again, that my neighbour was cleaning his driveway and I called out to him in a little voice, so as not to disturb the snake (idiot!)....."Craig, oh Craig," I have whispered, half yelled.....He heard me on the third try and all I could say was, "Snake!" pointing repeatedly at the garage.....He came over and had a look and I said to him....."I think it's a brown!" He sort of laughed at me and said he would see......He entered the garage! My heart was in my mouth and I was so fearful that he would get bitten and I would still have a bloody snake in my garage because my poor neighbour would be writhing around on the garage floor dying! I have a very good imagination! He agreed with me that it was a brown snake! He told me to move the car! "What!" I uttered, my voice almost disappearing in complete terror! "Move the car," he said, "I will be able to get it then. I'll hold it off with the shovel." He went home and got his shovel and when he entered the garage again, he found the snake and he did a sort of a matador thing with the shovel, holding it in front of the snake as a matador would do with the cape in front of a bull.....Brave man! "Now!" he said...
You would be proud of me dear Readers, I jumped in the car and backed it out.....mind you, I must have broken a the speed record for running to the car door, opening it and starting the engine.....I drove that car out of there as if I was in some "Bad Cops" movie.....I was incredible!.. My heart wouldn't stop pounding......I was still concerned that my neighbour would die! I stayed in the car! The snake slithered over to the centre of the garage....It was about three foot long! Normally we would just leave the thing alone, but it was in my garage and my puppies were at risk also! So Craig chopped it in half with the shovel.....He chopped quite a few times as the damm thing didn't want to die......I was so thankful and I couldn't thank him enough.......He just took it in his stride like he did it every day......Unbloodybelieveable!
I stopped shaking about four hours later when my husband came home from work......I told him the tale and he couldn't believe it.....I told him that Craig had thrown the snake in the bin and he went to have a look......I was actually going to move things around in the bin to find it.....Can you imagine if he had grabbed the snake's head and the fangs had gone into his hand! Oh, I feel sick again.....Silly man....He saw the error of his ways and decided to leave things alone.....I was immediately relieved......I had enough drama for one day! So you see dear Reader, why I have locked myself in the house and I won't open that garage door for anything today.....Not going through that again.....Let my husband sort it out when he gets home from work!
Hi, At 59 I am just finding my feet in the world...So exciting! I have learnt a lot over the years.....gone from being extremely hard up to living a very comfortable life and loving every single minute of it.......My boys are grown up and living good lives themselves and I am so proud of them.......I have the best husband in the world (most of the time anyway....hahaha) and I have 3 dogs who I just adore and they adore me...... I try to live by my motto ......"Be like the sun....let your warmth shine through always"