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One American woman. Twenty acres and a 1650 farmhouse in Tuscany. Random introspection and hilarity, depending on the day.

29 June 2005

Bats and Snails and Lizard tails...

That's what today was made of! I woke up this morning to find a mashed snail (not totally uncommon) and a lizard tail at my door. Just the tail. About 5-6" long. I will spare you the photo. I must assume that it was a gift from one of the cats. I hope the rest of him escaped. Perhaps they've figured out who the hand that feeds them is and it's some sort of a welcome gesture? Gosh, really - a fruitcake would have been fine. And if that brush with wildlife wasn't enough, I had my second visit from the Pipistrelli last night. Actually, and it kind of kills me to admit it ... they really are eerily beautiful. I'm still glad to see them from inside the complete false sense of security offered by my net-tent, but their flapping is totally unmistakable and kind of ... weirdly calming. I was not at all expecting this to be my reaction: I didn't hate it. Now, I'm not hanging rotting fruit from my ceiling to attract them, but ... I can learn to share the evening with them. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Fair warning ... to those of you who have just gotten lulled back into complacency with my regular posting ... The upcoming week is frantically busy (while all ye back in the good ole U-S-of-A are flag waving, beer drinking and fireworking, I've got to make hay while the Italian sun shines here... before the country closes up for 'holiday' in August so I won't be able to deal with anyone! Plus, there are only 10 days before I'm back in the states again, eek!). I'll be halfway up and down the country working to get things organized for our upcoming tour groups this fall. I'm sure it will give me tons of fantabulous tales for you, but you may have to be a bit patient about getting them.


Anonymous Beatrice said...

Mi piace tutto, V... Senti come la vita italiana e piena di sorprese. Con gli amici, pippistrella e zanzare, chi vorrebe altri?

La lavanderia era bellissima!

Buona notte, B

5:35 AM  
Blogger green gazelle said...

Lizard Tails....do I have a story for you. Once upon a time in my childhood, living in a somewhat rural locale, and thinking I'd like to be a vet or own a farm someday: I had this great fondness for lots of different animals. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, ducks, the neighborhood pig - goats - peacocks. Plus LIZARDS!

The species in our area were blue-bellied. Someone told me (or I read it) that a person could hypnotize/put to sleep a lizard by carefully turning on it's back and delicately rubbing a fingertip *one direction only* over this blue belly. Being a normally curious 8-9 yr old, it was one of those little tricks I could actually do quite well.

Long story short: during the long, warm spring thru early fall months, I'd regularly have a blue-bellied in a shoebox in my closet as a pet. With the proper air holed ventilation, of course.

In order to befriend a blue bellied, one must first catch him. (sorry, they were all 'hims' to me in that pre-feminist era) This entailed sitting very quietly upon some sunny, rocky spot to wait for The Arrival. One had to be patient and allow the lizard to come close. If ya grabbed too soon - one would simply end up with a lizardless tail. Actually, they come off quite easily - the tail, I mean.

Here's where we finally reach a connection to your blog-entry. Most likely one of the cats tried to catch a lizard and skipped over the patient part - to end up with only a tail for the effort.

Not to worry: lizards are quite adept at growing another tail - fairly quickly. too. (there would be a little nub of a tail already forming underneath the tail that was pulled off)

...just thought you'd want to know.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you know that one bat eats like a million bugs each night?

1:42 AM  

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