Now, I’m sure you are already aware that it can be dangerous and counter-productive to generalise from a single incident. The fact is that the generalised title had a better ring to it. Shame!
Anyway, while the rat has been up to its usual antics amongst the compost, including taking a daily bite out of a raw onion, the pigeons have been taking their daily bite out of the Nine-Star Broccoli. I have observed that they prefer a varied diet – much like the resident rodent – which means they have had a nibble on the broccoli leaves and then wandered round taking choice morsels from other plants.
I think at least one of the pigeons I’ve observed must be a returnee. I watched it waddle towards the back of the garden, foraging on the way, and then look quite disconcerted when it got to the patch where the mint used to be. It seemed strange that it hadn’t looked ahead and seen already that this patch of ground was bare, so was it working on prior knowledge?
Anyway, neither the rat nor the pigeon will be interested in the snowdrop which has appeared in the front garden
or the new rhubarb which was only recently transferred to a bigger pot. I’m so pleased that it is growing again, being only a youngster. I’m also pleased it starts a couple of months earlier than the one which has been with me for about ten years. In the long run, it looks therefore likely that my cropping season will stretch for more than half the year.