Muskrat Sam

A comical pair joined our wildlife menagery–Sam, the green apple stealing muskrat, and his better half, Sally.  Sporting duck weed on their coats, the couple makes regular trips to the three trees in the back yard, so much so they have worn a trail from the pond to the trees.  We call it “The Muskrat Slick.” 

Sam and Sally both pilfer, but they shop one by one.  Perhaps the other plays lookout, although they don’t seem too frightened of our presence on the patio.  We watch their furtive approach and careful selection of just the right apple.  You would think they would grab the nearest, but a good shopper knows his fruit.

Carrying their precious cargo in their teeth, they skitter back to the pond on short little legs, the long tail trailing behind.  Like chipmunks, they are storing the fruit for winter.  Wildlife comes and goes at Farm Grove; we have little control over it.  But these two characters are fun to watch, and they help clean up the yard.  We all must do our share.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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