In other news…
It’s a long story. You should refer to last year’s start of The Troubles, starting with the Great Tomato Atrocity. This year it began with the lovely tomato on the right… (click for a larger view).
At first I thought it was an early attack by Fluffy (in the 3.x series, presumably – I did battle with series 1 and 2 last Summer – especially since I’d deployed the first level of countermeasures already this season, the shields around the main tomato area of the garden.) Had Fluffy found a way past those? Would I have to fortify them? I was very annoyed since I wanted to make a gift of that tomato and had been admiring it every day since it began to ripen, waiting for the moment to pick it. Evidently mine were not the only admiring eyes. And my paws were not the first to get to it. So I decided to launch more level one of the offensive countermeasures, to test the possibility that something other than Fluffy was a work here. Perhaps one of Fluffy’s allies. The Fluffy series with less good PR: Slinky. I might need to be fighting a war on two fronts.
Seems I was right. Slinky is involved, and I caught one of its agents a day later. Peanut butter is a great bait… A picture of the result is after the fold. Don’t go there if squeamish!!
Well, I know it is not victory… there are so many more of Slinky, and of course, the attacks from Fluffy on the fig tree will no doubt begin soon (this could well be a clever tactic from Fluffy to distract me with ground troops – Slinky – while coordinating a devastating attack from the trees) …. I will savour this little victory though, since the War is endless. Small victories at least give me some sense that this was not all futile.
I’ve been away from the scene for several days now, lecturing at a school in Mexico. I bet Fluffy knows. The figs are set to begin ripening around now too. Fluffy knows this too. I had to leave without having deployed countermeasures for that part of the garden. Fluffy knows this also. So I dread to think what atrocities have been committed in my absence. And what reprisals have Slinky possibly carried out?
The War continues…
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