Tales from Smith Hall

Tales from Smith Hall

Ants in the Aga

Life on the FarmPosted by Mary Thu, March 30, 2017 20:55:34
For a couple of years now, I have noticed that a small colony of ants are living under our geriatric Aga. They are most visible in the middle of the night, if I sneak down for another hot drink, so with the silver fish, there is an interesting collection of insects in the kitchen, together with the very best collection of harvest spiders and cobwebs you can imagine. We have been extremely busy recently, and so usual kitchen tidying didn`t take place. Ants have now migrated to the work surfaces, foraging bread crumbs and I am having a debate with myself whether to buy some chemicals to kill the colony, or whether just to tolerate them!
In the past two week, both the JCB and our van have broken down, due to driving through lots of mud (JCB) and simple old age (van). The former is vital for carrying silage bales for cattle and pig feed, as well as clearing the yards. The van is less critical, but important for getting to markets and fetching animals from the abattoir. Fortunately a neighbour lent us a spike which fits neatly on the front of the tractor, and so we can carry on giving the animals silage. The weather has been mild and so grass is growing, and so the signs are we can stop supplementary feeding fairly soon.
Our alpha male boar, Mr Thorpe has developed the habit of hanging his 250kg bulk over the gates around the silo where the pig feed is stored. Quite intimidating when I am trying to fill feed buckets! Despite his size, he is very mild tempered, and a sharp shout will usually send him on his way.
Piglets are all doing well - the older one have bitten through my wellingtons!


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