Raccoon Gift

Despite the inconveniences – muddy footprints on my white fence, the gradual conversion of my water-lily pot to salt/silt because they wash their hands there, garden depredations – I rather like living in close proximity to raccoons.  They live in little caves under the boulders in my spare lot, down close to the water, but they do rampage under the house as well, I can hear them chirruping to each other.  At any rate I prefer them to the skunk who created her nest under my office…

I can’t blame them for picking our delicious grapes, and we had a bumper crop anyway so there were plenty to go around.

I have to pick my figs early and ripen them on windowsills but this year there might be a youngster because he has insisted on biting every single fig within his reach, green or not.

So I have trimmed the lower branches to stop him climbing quite so easily, and the bonus is I have fresh greenery complete with fruit, to display inside the house, just like in the very best magazines.  There are bite marks to be sure – I’ll think of them as adding plot.

About Tricia Rose

Not distracted by shiny objects.
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7 Responses to Raccoon Gift

  1. Struggler says:

    They ‘wash their hands’ ?? How amazingly cute!
    I’m a big raccoon fan, too. I love the funny way they walk…

  2. Karena says:

    What a setting for you with the wonderful creatures…and figs!!

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    Karena
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  3. Hi, welcome to WordPress! I’m a new visititor to your lovely blog. Lots of interesting things! I’m looking forward to reading your next posts.
    Anna

  4. I really enjoy reading your posts, and I love fresh figs! My favorite is to serve them with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and honey. Wonderful snack in the the late afternoon with a glass of wine.
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  5. So much beauty in the simple things!!! Love your arrangement!!

  6. Kirsty says:

    Gorgeous plants. The photo of your grapes is wonderful! Hell I don’t even like grapes but you make them look soo good! :D No wonder your little raccoon friends love your place so much!

  7. Miri Leigh says:

    I was on a bike ride at dusk last night and came upon a family of raccoons coming up from a drainage hole in the road. So cute, but such little rascals! And I didn’t know you had a fig tree… I’ve been thinking about them because I just had the loveliest salad of figs with arugula and a honey-balsamic dressing. I’m going to try to recreate it this weekend.

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