As if the incessant rain wasn't enough without ANTS! My fault I guess, as I saved the life of some nearly ripe strawberries by making them into jam. I placed the dish of still warm , rich, red, sugary fruit in the pantry cupboard to stop flies landing on it and promptly forgot about it till next morning. It had attracted the attention of a colony of ants! There was a walking ( bus lol )trail of ants under the back door up the wall, across to the cupboards and IN. Very hard to see against the black cupboard doors but easy to detect against the white shelves.They seemed to be just admiring the jam and walking around the dish but had made detours in to inspect all sorts of other jars and packets .
The entire contents of the pantry had to be taken out onto the bench and table and each inspected. The vacuum cleaner was the only way of catching all the ants before they escaped. DH decided to help as he could see I had a big job ahead and it took both of us almost all morning to check every packet, bag and jar. It was a good opportunity to wipe down all the shelves and walls as well as discarding anything spoiled or double ups. Luckily very little was ruined by the ants but later in the day I found some had returned so we had to set 2 types of bait outside the backdoor where they were crossing and in case they got by that a bait in the pantry as well. It seems to have worked. Ants are very smart little creatures and I hate killing them, but they must stay outside if they want to live as far as I am concerned.( My goodness we keep a lot of stuff in our pantry! )
We have had so much rain all other activities are difficult to get done . DH is splitting firewood and our shed is almost full. I have been gathering and drying walnuts. The tomato plants are literally rotting out under the last few tomatoes the beans plants are rotting and the strawberries are rotting now unless I pick them early - hence the topic of this post.
I have bound the Fun Flowers quilt ( photo next time ) and have been cutting my green and purple fabrics.
I have finished reading an autobiography, "Never Tell Me Never, " by Australian, Janine Shepherd, which was an amazing story of grit and determination, after she is hit by a truck while cycling. She was a champion cross country skier, training for the Olympics, but had to change her life direction after the accident.( I would recommend this ).
A chill in the evening air. . . . . . . . .
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