Graidy is my early bird; he likes to start the day around 5 AM-ish. Once he gets me up, it’s rare that I can get back to sleep. So we hang out and take in the early morning sights.
Once the sun came up, this is what we saw this morning.
There are actually five, all total, though it’s hard to see the fifth one. Two families of three and two.
Pretty scene, isn’t it?
And I’m glad my bumper crop of grapes is not going to waste.
Yep, I watched as they plowed through my back fence, sauntered through the back yard, and right over to my little grape vines to help themselves to the extras.
Pretty as they are, and as bucolic a scene as they paint, they bring deer ticks with them. Deer ticks are the carriers of Lyme Disease. We don’t need any more Lyme Disease around here. And what you can’t see from these photos is that they’re only about a meter away from the dog fence.
Because Graidy is ridiculously near-sighted, and the deer were down wind, he hadn’t caught on to their presence. Time to point out that we had company.
Since these deer know they have a safe haven on our 10-acre sanctuary, they needed a little encouragement to high-tail it. As you can see — we’re still at low tails here.
After a little more encouragement, the mama turns to look to see if we mean it.
We mean it. And off they finally go.
Now I’ve got to go find where they broke through the fence and repair it. Until the next time…
Life in the country.