Whilst I am looking forward to another episode of 'Vera' (a television detective series based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and set in Northumberland) tonight there have been rum goings on nearer to home earlier today.
The Scene - in the recesses of my greenhouse.
When? - between 10.30 am and 2.00pm.
The Crime - some creature unknown has pulled out some of my climbing French beans which had just germinated and left them like amok as you can see in the above photo.
Who Could Be Doing Time?
- A bird perhaps deciding to have a bit of a nibble - so why did it turn its beak up at such fine fare?
- Mr or Mrs Duck who occasionally venture into the garden. No - they are much too sweet to do anything so dastardly.
- Big Ginge - the cat who treats our garden and its contents as his own. I have seen Ginge in the greenhouse before but I think that he just sees it as somewhere warm and cosy for a nap. Surely he would turn his nose up at my French beans. Besides which both himself and I have a soft spot for this regular visitor and I like to think kindly of him.
- Could it be the rat which I spotted recently which may be taking revenge on me for contacting the pest control officer?
- Top of my short list though is one of the squirrels which are constant pests in the garden. I am also blaming them for chewing off the top of one of my tree lily bulbs. This also happened quite recently. I have never seen a squirrel in the greenhouse but I suppose there's always a first time. I am just hoping that this is a one off incident rather than the start of serial crime.
There will be murder should I catch the culprit!