City Girl Country Girl- A warning from the neighbours

Susan Nolen's Hunter Boots and Hobb's High heels

Hunter Boots and Hobb’s High heels

My fence man is putting up a Ted back yard fence. I just don’t want to chase Ted from the bottom woods before I have my morning Nespresso. So I thought a nice little fence was in order. Then and only after I’ve had my morning Nespresso, we can go walk the meadows and the woods. Fair enough I say.

My neighbour Bob came over to say hello and welcome me to country life. He then proceeded to tell me to make sure I build a no climb fence. Two bear cubs broke his apple tree last year. It was a small tree and they were too heavy for the limbs.

Bears? I had planned on deer and never planting roses. Bear?!!

Oh yes, he continued, we saw two in your meadows a few years back playing about.


Yes, bears, he said a little slower this time.  I swear now I have two people who think I don’t comprehend English.

Crumbs…Bears and my Ted? Not a good mix.   My plan is to walk the meadow with some sort of noise maker…bells? Two large cymbals? I already talk to myself. Maybe singing? Clapping my hands like mad! That should chase the deer off. Carry a pot of honey about my person and throw it at a bear? That should interest him more than me?

Then before I had a chance to  throughly think out my fight the bear off plan,  my other neighbour came over to say hello and offer any help I might need. I ask him about bears hoping that Bob was just having one on.

Oh yes, we have Bears, deers, Wild Cats….

Wild Cats? I ask thinking some one tabby cat’s run off.

But he goes on…coyote…I lost three dogs over the years.

What have I done? Well I don’t have a  brave farm dog. My Ted out on his own? I don’t know who would be more scared of that thought! Me or him!

So now I ask my fence guy  perhaps I should have a bear fence. He just stares at me and says, you want it ten foot high? Electric?  A ditch perhaps?

Crumbs no……

Ted we are not in England anymore…we are in the American Countryside where one is the menu.

About susan sheldon nolen

It’s rare to catch me without coffee, a form of camera, or my beloved wire fox terriers. I love the history, the art, and it’s a massive part of my life, as I either paint, write, or get interrupted by my dogs, reminding me of the real world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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5 Responses to City Girl Country Girl- A warning from the neighbours

  1. Cameron says:

    On our coast, the bears are only a nuisance if there’s food to get at. Mostly they are shy of people and dogs, unless they think their cubs are in trouble. As for the rest of the critters, they will be mostly nocturnal or twilight hunters, and Ted won’t be out alone… I think you and Ted are safely off the menu if you respect the wildlife and keep your garbage under lock and key. Also? Worth it for those views you posted. 🙂

  2. You’re fence guy is right, bird feeders attract more than birds. Large critter and rodents. Cameron’s got some great advice regarding bears. Don’t feed them and you shouldn’t have a problem. 🙂

    Do you feel a bit like Ava Gabor in Green Acres right now?

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