Our New Lawn Mower
Or should I say “lawn mowerS’. Because there are two of them. And no, we haven’t completely gone loopy and decided that we need to do tandem mowing or anything that silly.
These lawn mowers are small and squeaky. And they DO NOT live inside. Under any circumstances.
Meet Clancy of the Overflow and Mystery (otherwise known as Missy). Coz that is what you name guinea pigs. Apparently.
We had a birthday in our house a few weeks ago. Wrote a blog post but didn’t ever press “publish” and then it just seemed silly to publish a “Today is your birthday” type thing when it clearly wasn’t.
Anyhoo…….. Little Miss 9 decided that she really truly wanted a guinea pig for her big day.
We already have four chooks.
And a rabbit.
And that is it (on our wide expanse of 10 acres).
So the request for something else furry that wasn’t going to require us to build fences (which we haven’t yet and is part of the reason that we don’t have anything bigger that baas or moos) wasn’t too far out of left field.
The Little Miss was set the task of researching – could we put said guinea pig into the existing rabbit cage (no, preferably not) and did we need to buy two or was just one okay (no, two is preferable as they are social beings).
And then we just happened to be gifted two guinea pigs. From someone who had bought them without thinking (yes, people do that) and couldn’t possibly look after them.
So now we had two little squeaky animals. And nowhere to put them.
Cage building MOTH and the Little Miss took themselves off to the salvage yard (because that is how we roll here – trying not to buy too much new if we can) and found the perfect solution.
It was an item that had been used before – tick.
It would suit our purpose – tick.
It was a little bit different and quirky – tick.
It would be sturdy enough to keep out unwanted intruders – tick.
It wasn’t of a material that the critters could chew through – tick.
Can you guess what it used to be?
So the Little Miss and her dad drilled, nailed, and screwed bits and pieces together to come up with something that was sturdy, not too heavy, easily accessible for feeding and cuddling and would keep out the critters (like that Mr Fox).
And judging by the squeaks that we can hear from our bedroom window in the morning, Clancy and Mystery are pretty happy with the new two storey house.
Wouldn’t you be?
And the quip about the new lawn mower? I have NEVER seen an animal that can eat as much grass as these little critters can.
**And I will give a gold star to anyone who can tell me what the blue curved part of the new cage was originally used for**