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FEDERER THE TOAD

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This anecdote, told
With the rhymes of this ode,
Shows how to be bold …
Even if you’re a toad …

…………………………………………………..

I’d moved these troughs here
To replace the old heather.
They’d suffered all year
From the wet, rainy weather …

…………………………………………………..

But when I walked through
With my trowel and trug,
I found someone new
Sitting cosy and snug.

I halted and blinked ~
Tried to hide my surprise ~
He peeped up and winked
With his bright toady eyes …

…………………………………………………..

“Here I’m safe,” he explained.
“Far from someone unkind.”
And there he remained,
Under heathers entwined.

He’d suffered attack ~
I knew how he was feeling.
But faith can come back
And a garden helps healing …

……………………………………………………

My plant plans delayed,
Every week became hotter,
But toad he found shade
In the cool terracotta …

A diet of bugs
Made young Federer chubby,
And dinners of slugs
Turned him even more tubby …

……………………………………………………

The autumn days neared
With the reds of Lobelia,
And surprise buds appeared
On the lovely Weigela.

……………………………………………………

The bees were all busy
But Federer crouched low ~
He seemed in a tizzy ~
To stay or to go ?

…………………………………………………..

The dusk skies declared
Time for farewell to Federer.
So, though he was scared,
He hopped off past the Hedera …

…………………………………………………..

Then, with one last croak,
He was gone ~ who knows where ?
But I hope the next folk
Will be kind to him there …

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Comments

 

great blog TT you are so clever with words.
great photos of Mr Frog and how well was he camouflaged :-)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Brilliant, TT! You should be made poet laureate! One wee point though, and I don't want to be a nit-picking spoilsport - Mr Federer is a beautiful toad, not a frog. Not to mind - same difference!!! ;o)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Brilliant Terra......I wonder where he's gone? Still he' s been very useful in this sluggy summer!

The boys look happy with their froggy friends. :0)))

17 Sep, 2012

 

Ha ha...isn't it amazing what rhymes with Federer?! Great to see you back on form Terra! :D x

17 Sep, 2012

 

Ha ha Terra, I was just asking where you were ....and here you are:-) I love toads, haven't had one for years, only frogs. Lovely blog and great pics. Tell Mr Toad that most Goy gardeners appreciate all he does and thank him for us... :-)

17 Sep, 2012

 

This is fabulous!!! We just had a family poem read with it! Thankyou!

17 Sep, 2012

 

Brilliant blog as usual Terra,, very clever rhyming so nice to see you around again [you were missed]and Conker and Truffle too! I have had a mini version of Federer patrolling up and down my patio, just wish he is as big as yours then he could demolish a few more slugs.;0))

17 Sep, 2012

 

You always come up trumps Terra, you must spend ages thinking up all the ryhmes to go with the photo`s, your friend Federer moved in just at the right time to help rid your garden of some of the nasties, he`s perhaps hiding in another shady spot, working undercover so to speak, lol, its good to see the lads looking as handsome as ever..
Btw, I stood in for you earlier but the Golden Trowel Award is still yours to bestow, lol....

17 Sep, 2012

 

Made me smile TT xxxx

17 Sep, 2012

 

Brilliant TT:)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely poem again Terra and I'm so pleased you're back! we haven't seen many frogs or toads this year. I don't know why.

17 Sep, 2012

 

So nice to hear from you again Tt I love the blog.

17 Sep, 2012

 

Nice to see a new member of Team Terra. I do hope he has stayed around somewhere in your garden TT. If there is plenty of food - then he will surely still be there. MAYBE he's hopped of to find a lady friend so snuggle up to during the winter.
COME BACK SOON FEDERER!!!!!

17 Sep, 2012

 

Now this is the GoY we know and love,Terra..and great to have you back..lovely blog and pics..and the boys are looking so good,not forgetting Federa of course :o) xxx

17 Sep, 2012

 

Excellent TT :>)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Great to see you around on GoY again, TT! :-)) You've not lost your touch & that poem was first class! It's good you have a natural pest catcher on hand! Hope he's found another quiet place where he can go about his business of keeping your garden free of nasties!

Glad to see that the "boys" still look to be in fine shape! :-))

17 Sep, 2012

 

What a great little friend to have in the garden, not only does he eat up all the little nasties for you but hes given you inspiration for a great blog.
Nice to see you and the" boys" in good form.

17 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely TT :o) And I hope the toad stays around for a while.
Nice to see Conker and Truffle with their friends.
You have flowers on your Weigelia too ... strange isn't it.

17 Sep, 2012

 

very good Terra, nice to see toadie safe, a lovely blog and nice to see Conker & Truffle too :-)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Well done TT. We have his cousins in our back garden!

17 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely blog. Nice to see your two helpers looking so happy. Toads are a great help so lets hope he has not gone far.

17 Sep, 2012

 

Brilliant blog TT. I just love it :0)

17 Sep, 2012

 

Fabulous blog and poem TT lovely to have you back on song, loving Conker and Truffle with their new friends -hugs, I hope Federer is still nearby camouflaged so well that you didn't see him and he is still munching your slugs @" :o)

17 Sep, 2012

 

lovely poem Terra - lovely pictures and nice to see you back :)))))))))

18 Sep, 2012

 

Lovely blog! Welcome back. :o)

18 Sep, 2012

 

Its so cute!! Terra:-))) I'm very happy to see this again:-))

18 Sep, 2012

 

Enjoyed this blog, Tt ... good to see you posting on GoY again ... :o)

18 Sep, 2012

 

Ah....Wonderful blog Tt...as always...:>)

18 Sep, 2012

 

Yes, really great.

I am a bit afraid of toads (silly I know but I can't help it) but reading this has warmed me to them a little bit.......that is until I next see one!!!!

You are SO clever.

18 Sep, 2012

 

Terratoonie:

Love the blog! Please send us (here in San Diego) your rain and cooler weather. We're absolutely dying of heat-stroke, here! We've had a heat wave for the last 7 weeks. Last Friday and Saturday it was 106ºF (41.1)! Friday it was greater than 100ºF (38ºC) for 9 hours (from: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.). Some places in coastal San Diego County were up to 112ºF (44.4ºC)

19 Sep, 2012

 

Oh Delonix......I won't complain about a damp wet summer again....poor you!

19 Sep, 2012

 

Pamg:

Thanks! It's not so hot now, only 88ºF (31ºC) during the day.

19 Sep, 2012

 

Phew Delonix!!!! Too much for me, hope you have a pool to dip into :)
TT. sooo glad to have you back and on form, great blog and I am sure your froggie toad will return, they say they come back each year to spawn in the same place! The boys look well, hope you are too :)

19 Sep, 2012

 

31! crikey!!..... it was about 6c this morning and now 12 hours later its 11c......still its not raining. :0)

I do agree Gran if it had to be hot as that or cold.....I'd choose cold, at least you can wrap up warm.....

19 Sep, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

Ref Terratoonie
I have received a message tonight from Terratoonie asking me tell all GOY members that she is alright but her computer has broken down and has to be replaced,it is anticipated that she may be off GOY for up to a week.
Any one who may have a reason for passing this information on to other Goy members please do.
B

20 Sep, 2012

 

Thank you,Bjs..much appreciated :o)

20 Sep, 2012

 

Hi Terra lovely to see you, great blog so enjoyed it, great pics to especially toad and the boys to :o))) x
hope your comp is up and running again soon x

20 Sep, 2012

 

Thanks Bjs, Terra's going to have a heck of a job commenting on comments lol:-)

20 Sep, 2012

 

Well now thats what I call Sods Law, thankyou Bjs at least we wont worry now as to where she has gone...

20 Sep, 2012

 

Sorry to hear you have had problems. Hope you get a replacement soon TT.

20 Sep, 2012

 

TT sorry to hear you're having problems with your computer best wishes for a speedy return to GOY with a nice new trouble free computer hugs to you and your boys :o)

20 Sep, 2012

 

Grandmage:

Yes, I've been swimming a lot this year.

21 Sep, 2012

 

Pamg:

That's very cold! I don't like cold weather.

We're too spoiled with great warm weather all year here in San Diego, CA.

21 Sep, 2012

 

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments ...

My internet problems are not completely solved .. connection is intermittent .. and S L O W ... but I'll try to start catching up ! :o)

29 Sep, 2012

 

Hiya Terra, good to see you back....

29 Sep, 2012

 

Hi Sue .. Thanks :o)

29 Sep, 2012

 

Welcome back. It's almost impossible to catch once you have time off so don't worry about it.

29 Sep, 2012

 

Thanks, Scotsgran ...
I've just managed to publish a new blog, but my internet connection is still dropping off about every 10 minutes ... !!!

29 Sep, 2012

 

That is so frustrating. Sometimes it takes me about ten tries to get on the Internet but it usually behaves once I am on.

29 Sep, 2012

 

Welcome back TT :o) I hope the new connection behaves itself for you very soon.

29 Sep, 2012

 

Oh loved this Terra! So clever, and the picts are great! Wish Federer would pop over to my garden to sort out my sluggy problem..lol\0/x

30 Sep, 2012

 

Thanks Scotsgran, Neena and Flori ...
Federer seems to have gone into hibernation ... very sensible ! x

30 Sep, 2012

 

:o)

30 Sep, 2012

 

Loved the blog, very fond of toads, only had one in this garden, your toad was a big one, the daddy of all!!

14 Oct, 2012

 

Thank you, Dotty.
First time I've seen a toad in my garden.
I hope he comes back next year !

16 Oct, 2012

 

Yes lets hope so....

21 Oct, 2012

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