Last week I mentioned that mice were infiltrating our house; but we’re also keeping a hostile eye on the deer that are zeroing in on our garden.
Now, don’t get me wrong; I like deer… in venison pepperoni, with a side of fries…
I’m kidding. (Okay, not really; venison pepperoni is delicious. But unless I was really hungry I wouldn’t bother killing a deer just for pepperoni.)
Anyhow, when we bought our beautiful little corner of the wilderness we intended to put an 8’ deer fence around our garden. That was supposed to have happened a couple of months before the garden was planted, but despite our persistent efforts we still don’t have a fence. The contractor might finally get it started next week. Welcome to Island Time.
Fortunately there aren’t many deer around our place, but every now and then one wanders in… like the one I caught grazing on the grass (fortunately not on my peas or beans) this weekend.
I opened the front door and yelled, “HEY DEER, GET LOST!”
The deer stared, and a thought bubble appeared above its head: “What the…?”
“I SAID GET LOST!” I strode purposefully toward the garden, expecting the deer to run as soon as it saw me leave the house. After all, its counterparts in Alberta flee at the barest glimpse of a human. But apparently Island deer are braver. Or dumber, or both.
It stood gawping at me as if it couldn’t quite believe I had the nerve to interrupt its dinner. And it didn’t run.
Finally when I was only about 20 yards away it deigned to trot a few paces to the west. Not away from me, mind you, but laterally; giving ground but refusing to stoop to an undignified retreat.
But the deer was the only one burdened with dignity. I broke into a gallop over the uneven ground, waving my arms and bellowing, “RUN YA LITTLE BASTARD! RUN! HRAAAGH!!!”
After a single incredulous glance the deer took to its heels, but it still didn’t run flat-out. When I started gaining on it, it finally put on a proper burst of speed and vanished over the berm that surrounds our property, undoubtedly to meet its friends in the forest and describe the wack-job that had just chased it.
And wack-job I was; because I had been in the middle of a construction project. I was wearing safety goggles; my earmuff hearing protectors had gotten tangled up in my hair so they flopped and bounced (painfully, I might add) off the side of my head; and it was hot so I’d tucked my T-shirt up inside my bra, exposing my pasty white belly.
Seeing that apparition advancing, it’s no wonder the poor damn deer didn’t know what to do. It was probably laughing too hard to be capable of running. But my garden is still intact. So far.
I sure hope we get our deer fence installed this week – the snickering from the forest is starting to get to me.
Know of any good deer deterrents (that aren’t rated by calibre)?
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P.S. Woohoo! I have a draft cover for Book 12, and preorders should be available shortly. Stay tuned! But… I can’t decide on a title. What do you think?
Here’s the draft of the cover blurb:
Reluctant secret agent Aydan Kelly is posing as an arms dealer when her gangland buyer is implicated in a deadly plot to attack Remembrance Day services.
Partnered with an agent she can’t trust, Aydan races against time to stop the terrorists; but her partner’s volatile temper might blow the whole op… if it doesn’t kill her first. And when she discovers her lover is embroiled in the case, Aydan must decide: Will she sacrifice him to save hundreds of innocent lives?
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