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May 12, 2013 / diannegray

Kids – don’t try this at home

A carpenter, roofer, electrician and writer walk into a kitchen.

The carpenter says, “There’s a snake in the cupboard.”

The roofer says, “We’d better get it out.”

The electrician says, “I’ll get a bag to put it in.”

The writer says, “I’ll grab the camera.”

Then the fun starts.

There’s only one old built-in cupboard that hasn’t been pulled out of the RUC* yet. It’s in the kitchen and because the walls and handrails and flooring are on the ‘important’ list (so I don’t fall and break my neck while I’m sanding doors) it’s been largely ignored.

Yesterday was like any other day at the RUC until the carpenter forgot where he put the bag for his level. He opened the old cupboard in the kitchen and there, staring back at him, was a snake.

Because my camera was in the car I didn’t get back in time to get a good pic of it in the cupboard, but I managed to catch a bit of the fun as it made its escape across my Writer’s Nook before diving into the mud below.

We placed it in a bag for for the following reason

  • No one wanted to pet it while it was being carried away to its new home

We took it away for the following reason

  • Snakes have a great way of finding their way ‘home’ (and this is MY home, not the snakes)

So for all you animal lovers out there (like me) – our visitor, who may have lived in that kitchen for years and enjoyed a nice ride to our farm with the RUC on the back of a truck, was placed safely in a cane field a l-o-n-g way from the house.

* For those new to this blog – The RUC is the old Rugby Union Club we had shifted to the farm so we could live in it.

For those asking about ‘stumping’ here is a pic below. The steel posts are attached to the house and cemented into the ground. There are long bolts from the roof to the posts which anchor the house for stability in the event of a cyclone. The lower level will be known as the ‘Man Cave’ for any stinky men who want to have a beer after work.

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This is where my ‘Writer’s Nook’ will be. The snake is making a quick getaway (obviously not a prolific reader). Note: there is also an electrical lead on the floor not to be confused with the snake).


Then comes the gentle ‘capture’ so the critter can live happily ever after somewhere else.


Oops – it got away. Lets try that again.


To say I’m surrounded by Crocodile Dundees is an understatement 

Also note: I was taking these pictures from a safe distance 😉

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Has it been as eventful as mine? 



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  1. Roy McCarthy / May 12 2013 6:03 am

    Wonderful, but I’m eternally grateful that I’m watching all this from a million miles away – it’s a nightmare of scary critters among the idyll.


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:13 am

      I’m just glad I didn’t open the cupboard in the dark and fumble through it (which I USED to do – but never again) LOL 😀


  2. Jill Weatherholt / May 12 2013 6:07 am

    Yikes! Did you Google how far away you must take a snake so it doesn’t find it’s way back? Just wondering….you must take a squirrel at least three miles and preferably over a body of water. We had a pesky squirrel in our attic. I can’t wait to see pictures of your completed nook!


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:17 am

      I didn’t Google it, I just left it up to the guys (they’ve done it before). I had a snake on the veranda of the barracks one night and I used a broom to flick it into the cane about five times and it just kept coming back (it was SO determined). So I know it has to go at least a few miles and there is a lot of space out there. They took it away in the car, so I’m thinking it went a fair distance!

      I’m so looking forward to the nook being completed 😀


  3. Carrie Rubin / May 12 2013 6:13 am

    Yep. That would have done me in for good. I am definitely NOT a snake fan.


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:19 am

      LOL – especially not in this neck of the woods where we have the most poisonous snakes in the world. They say the poisonous ones can’t climb, so I think I’m pretty safe in a high house (but – because ‘they’ say it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s completely true!) 😉


  4. Ruth Rainwater / May 12 2013 6:21 am

    I don’t mind snakes, but I do mind all those critters with more than 4 legs!! I’m glad the work is progressing – I can’t imagine what it’s like for you. I know what it’s like to live in the middle of a remodel, but it was nowhere near as extensive as this!!


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:25 am

      I saw a huge millipede when one of the branches fell off the Mango tree a few weeks back – YUCK! I was much smaller than the snake but certainly put far more fear in me than the snake did, so I know exactly where you’re coming from…

      The remodel of the RUC is very extensive, but it’s nearly there. I only have a month to go before my kids arrive so it’s got to be finished soon 😯


  5. TammyeHoney / May 12 2013 6:22 am

    We took our possum a distance away and it came back with a family now. We have chosen to surrender and allow it to stay. We just brought in the dog food from the sun room so that the new family will have to eat something else. Can’t wait to see your finished projects.


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:32 am

      Thanks so much for coming by, Tammye 😀

      We used to have possums when we lived in another state and they’re also difficult to relocate. I really don’t mind having snakes around as long as they stay in the roof-space or trees because I actually dislike rats more than anything and the snakes keep the rat population down.

      I’m sure the snake was only there because the house had been vacant for some years before we acquired it and it was probably full of rats (yikes!). Once there is no food source for the snakes they won’t come near the place, much like the possums 😉


      • TammyeHoney / May 12 2013 9:33 am

        This possum has been here since a baby and we are honored that it feels so safe that it now wants to raise it’s family with us as long as it is not in our sun porch on the dogs bed lol. Great story thank you for sharing.


  6. Naomi Baltuck / May 12 2013 6:35 am

    Dear Dianne,
    Hilarious! I’m so glad you caught it! We once nearly lost Nigel, the school boa constrictor, who was visiting for holidays because the classroom was too cold for it. My husband was holding it absent-mindedly while reading, and didn’t realize it was gone until it only half its length was still visible, and it was disappearing fast into a hole in the lining of my antique couch that had come from Denmark on a boat at the turn of the last century. My husband grabbed it, but a snake is all muscle. It took four adults two and a half hours to get that snake out, with one of them hanging onto the back end of the snake with all his might, lest it disappear all together. I’m so glad we finally wore him out and pried him loose (after realizing that we couldn’t cut through the fabric or go in from below), because I love that couch. But I would have thrown it out on the curb with a sign that said “Free couch and snake” before living with a snake in the house.


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:40 am

      Hahahaha! Fantastic story, Naomi! Snakes are very strong creatures (particularly the boa constrictors) and they can move fast and very quietly. I would have loved to have seen you all trying to drag it out of that couch. I’m glad you managed to get it out without damaging such a beautiful antique! 😀


      • Naomi Baltuck / May 12 2013 7:50 am

        Believe me, the sawdust was flying, and the springs have never been quite the same! Thank you for making me smile. Your introductory conversation with all your helpers cracked me up.


  7. Theo Fenraven / May 12 2013 6:39 am

    I love hearing about life at the RUC. 🙂 (I also love snakes, but some of you probably won’t agree with me that they’re fascinating creatures.)


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 6:43 am

      I agree with you on the snake angle. They’re also great because they eat the rats (and I’m certainly not a rat fan!) I’m so glad you like hearing about the RUC – it certainly makes life interesting! 😉


  8. mcwoman / May 12 2013 6:54 am

    Your wild life stories always amaze me. I’d freak out if there was a snake hiding in my garage!


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 7:26 am

      How about in your kitchen, Barb! LOL 😉 I almost freaked out, but managed to remain calm and take some pictures 😀


  9. JackieP / May 12 2013 7:21 am

    Well snakes have to live too. But like you, they can live somewhere else. ha! My weekend is not nearly as exciting. 😉


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 7:27 am

      So true, Jackie! Everything deserves a life (away from me – even snakes) 😉


  10. ocdreader / May 12 2013 7:25 am

    I am glad someone else found that snake staring at them, I would have screamed and danced around like a loon! Also, good job on the pictures and keeping a super safe distance, I heartily approve! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 12 2013 7:29 am

      I’m really glad it wasn’t me who found it (short-sighted fumbling around in the cupboard! Yikes). “Dancing around like a loon” is my second name when I come across creatures like this 😀


      • ocdreader / May 12 2013 7:43 am

        haha! Me too. I opened a door at work and there was a person coming in and did the freak out dance, it was really embarrassing. Honestly, how does that dance help one survive?


      • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:15 am

        I did that dance when I found a snake in my bathroom once and I was home alone. I rang the neighbour who came over to take care of it and he asked me if I was doing a ‘rain dance’! 😀


  11. DaydreamsinWonderland / May 12 2013 7:37 am

    You’re a lot braver than me. I would’ve ran for the hills.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:12 am

      I probably would have if there weren’t other there to grab the thing! LOL 😀


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / May 13 2013 6:56 am

        Hhaha! I could picture you running away but still snapping pictures. 😛


      • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:58 am

        Camera behind my back and legs pumping as I run down the road! LOL 😀


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / May 13 2013 10:20 am

        (I’m cracking up) 😛


  12. billyraychitwood1 / May 12 2013 8:01 am

    Ah, the joys of the RUC – you are so much fun to read…


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:16 am

      Thanks, Billy Ray – nothing is ever boring at the RUC! 😉


  13. nrhatch / May 12 2013 8:13 am

    I’m glad your trio of workmen displaced the snake for you.

    Your start to this post made me laugh out loud (but it might have been nervous laughter):

    There’s a snake in the cupboard.
    We’d better get it out. 😀

    And the RUC is looking fine. I see some of the doors are re-hung.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:19 am

      Yes Nancy, the doors are going very well indeed. I’ve got the bathroom covered, the spare room and my bedroom – I start on the windows soon 😯

      The workmen are very casual indeed! They make me laugh a lot 😉


  14. Penny L Howe / May 12 2013 8:23 am

    I feel like I’m watching a reality nature show when I come here Dianne. You have the most amazing adventures (up close and personal ones) with such a wide variety of creatures. Now that I think about it, It is a reality show – yours! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:20 am

      LOL – well said, Penny. I might have to do a video soon so you can get the full vista of the RUC. 😀


  15. Deborah Hawkins / May 12 2013 8:28 am

    No can do snakes, Diane. I worry about encountering ratttle snakes on my daily walks with my dogs, Melody and Rhythm. I make them stay out of the brush in the summer time. Stay snakeless and safe.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:22 am

      We don’t have rattlers here, Deborah, but I can imagine your fear! Once I get my dogs out to the farm it’ll be a different story, they’re ‘city dogs’ and would have no idea what a snake is so they’ll need some intensive training 😯


  16. avwalters / May 12 2013 8:34 am

    The RUC is looking good, but I have to say the mind wanders from the topic when there’s a snake circus going on. I’m not afraid of snakes, but then, I don’t know–is it a poisonous snake?


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:27 am

      It’s a python so not poisonous as such, but you wouldn’t want it to bite you because it would probably cause some blood poisoning (like any wide animal with filthy fangs). But we have so many poisonous snakes here that it’s best to treat them all the same and with extreme caution. The most beautiful ones are the green or blue tree snakes (non-poisonous) so I’m hoping to get a pic of one of those little beauties one day 😀


  17. Photos With Finesse / May 12 2013 8:34 am

    Your next camera needs to be a Canon Powershot SX40 with a 35x zoom. You could be standing on the neighbour’s porch (where I think I’d be), and still get a closeup of the latest critter! 😀 At least you know your spring cleaning (wait, it’s fall down there isn’t it) of that cupboard is complete!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:31 am

      LOL – the spring (fall) clean will be over when that cupboard comes out and is thrown on the rubbish pile! I love that kind of cleaning 😉 I got a Nikon 42x zoom last November – but I just have to learn how to use it! 😉 I’m sure it’s going to come in handy at the RUC 😀


      • Photos With Finesse / May 13 2013 8:29 am

        Even better – I’m I Nikon girl myself and only recommended that Canon because my mum has it and loves it! Can’t wait to see your pics. 😀


  18. the eternal traveller / May 12 2013 9:02 am

    Oh oh oh, I don’t do snakes…or other disturbing creatures for that matter. I’d have been doing the freak out dance right out the door! The lady next door to us once found a small brown snake in her bedroom and she came to get my husband to help in its removal. Since then I am pedantic about making sure doors are closed and looking carefully before I step outside! The RUC is starting to look great, especially now that it is snakeless!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:35 am

      I’m the same – but I’m the worse when I’m walking around the farm because I step SO carefully. I freaked out when I came back last year because the grass had grown long and there were piles of leaves and wood all over the ground. I’ll only walk where there is clear ground and never in the dark! Yikes!

      I’m going to try my very best to keep the RUC snakeless and I’m sure once the dogs are there they’ll let me know if there’s any untoward movement in the house 😀


  19. lexiesnana / May 12 2013 9:06 am

    I love hearing about the RUC. I also love hearing about your critter adventures. Thank heavens you have those nice workers there to help you round everybody up and put them back where the belong.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:36 am

      So true – I’m not sure what I would have done if I was ‘home alone’ I shudder to think! 😯


  20. EllaDee / May 12 2013 9:20 am

    “Yesterday was like any other day at the RUC”… hmmmm, forget the disclaimer, I think that sums it up nicely. At least you found the snake. Our neighbours found a brown snake skin in boxes they had stored under their spare bed. They’ve never located the snake, that one anyway. George, the carpet snake whose house it really is, he’s been there through several sets of residents, still inhabits the roof space.
    I can see the RUC is making progress… that’s a hell of a man cave, the G.O. would likely never enter the upstairs & house proper if a space like that was available to him.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:41 am

      LOL! The Man Cave is such a dream. The ‘weather side’ will have a wall (probably to keep the rain off the pool table) and apparently the neighbours can ‘drive through’ for a beer on their quad bikes! You’ve gotta love men, seriously – the ‘Man Cave’ has been planned to the max.

      I think I’d freak if I sound a snake skin under the bed! Yikes – George really needs to stay in the roof. I don’t mind snakes in the roof because they keep the rats away 😀


      • EllaDee / May 13 2013 9:59 am

        The snakeskin under the bed made us buy wardrobes & clear out under the beds… whichlasted for a while at least but now there’s stuff under there again, and I always think twice when pulling something out.


  21. T. W. Dittmer / May 12 2013 10:34 am

    I’m sure the snake will be happier in its new home.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:43 am

      There are far more little critters for it to eat in the cane and that’s exactly where it belongs 😀


  22. Peter / May 12 2013 11:26 am

    Great story Dianne!

    I have been wondering what those stumps were like and thanks for sharing! We do something similar for houses along the coast that are subject to regular flooding (or irregular flooding for that matter) A lot of the time steel is not used — choosing wood instead but I suspect that in your more tropical clime that termites and such might be an issue.

    Having FOUND the snake when a bunch of stinky old men are around is better than having found it when you were there by yourself. Thank goodness for stinky old men. 🙂

    I know it’s still early days, but the R.U.C.’s looking mighty fine up on her new stumps! Soon she’ll be looking mighty fine completed!

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    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:45 am

      She’s looking great, Peter! You’re right about the steel stumps, it’s termite city here and they come up from under the ground (apparently).

      I’m not sure what I would have done if I was alone – hmmm, probably closed the cupboard and stepped back slowly… 😯


      • Peter / May 13 2013 8:30 am

        LOL 😀


  23. Sheila Morris / May 12 2013 11:40 am

    Okay – NO – my weekend hasn’t been nearly so eventful as yours and can I also add Thank God. I really appreciate your comment about the electrical wire also being on the floor because I was thinking if that’s how long snakes are in Australia, it’s a safe bet I’ll never be coming. Whew! Close call. The RUC is really coming along now, and I know it’s not fast enough to suit you, but one day …one day, I say…you will love your new home! Happy Mother’s Day across many Big Waters!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:48 am

      Awww – thank you so much. I had a great Mother’s Day (did a lot of door and sanding and then went out for a lovely dinner) 😀

      Things are hotting up now I’ve got the young guys in (they’re doing a brilliant job) and going so fast it’s hard to keep up with them. I’m loving it! 😀


  24. Jenny Ackland / May 12 2013 12:23 pm

    Oh Dianne, never a dull moment over here at your blog. And I have SERIOUS cane-field envy. Happy Mother’s Day back from down south. xxx


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:50 am

      Thank you so much, Jenny. The cane fields are absolutely beautiful and very relaxing to watch (almost hypnotising) in the afternoon when I sit down and have a glass of wine on the veranda 😀 I hope you had a great day yesterday! 😀


  25. John / May 12 2013 1:01 pm

    A big snake! Snakes creep me out. Glad it got ‘cane-ed’!


  26. Kozo Hattori / May 12 2013 1:17 pm

    I’ve read far too many stories about animals trekking hundreds of miles to get back “home.” I hope those guys took that snake to Melbourne.
    The RUC on stilts looks amazing. Definitely will survive “hell or high water.” Looks like you’ll get an amazing view from the nook. The only problem I see is if the snake comes back, you can’t just jump out the window. {{{hugs]}} Kozo


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 6:55 am

      I had a bit of a giggle about your Melbourne joke, Kozo. That’s a LONG way so you must know your geography well! 😀

      I’m glad you like the RUC up high. There’ll be no jumping out of the windows to escape snakes for me – I gave that up years ago (LOL)! 😀

      {{{hugs]}} to you my friend


  27. Pagadan / May 12 2013 1:36 pm

    Btw, pillowcases can make a good bag for a snake. We have lots of black snakes here in Florida, among others, so mostly I say–It’s just a black snake–after shrieking and leaping into the air if it startled me. I released one in the orange grove across the road–after removing it from a neighbor’s kitchen counter, which was covered with stuff! My sister and I–after being called over to help–worked our way through food containers, etc., moving everything piece by piece until we found it. I believe we herded it into a big brown paper bag and just rolled the top down. Oh, a pooper scooper is good for catching snakes outside if you don’t have snake catching equipment.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:05 am

      I’ll need to stock up on old pillow cases 😀 I saw a long snake catcher thingy in the hardware shop the other day so I’m going to invest in one. I think there’s a pooper scooper in the shed, so I’ll keep that handy as well. Thanks so much for the advice! 😀


      • Pagadan / May 13 2013 10:42 am

        A long snake catcher thingy is a good idea. I use the pooper scooper ’cause it’s handy and enables me to keep my distance while holding the snake tightly–if it’s small enough….

        A night python , huh. Interesting. Never heard of that.

        Our snakes are mostly non-poisonous except for water moccasins and rattlesnakes, thought mostly I’ve seen pygmy rattlers. The cats would kill them and leave their bodies on the back steps. You could tell when they were there ’cause the dogs would leap over the steps to go outside.


      • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:06 am

        LOL! I can just imagine the dogs jumping over them. I think dogs are particularly wary of snakes, whereas cats love the thrill of the chase!


  28. Darla Welchel / May 12 2013 1:37 pm

    A little excitement in an otherwise dull day???? LOL
    Okay, your workers are a bit too manly for me! I can’t believe they picked it up by their hands! What kind of a snake was it? Not poisonous I’m guessing!
    Ick, ick, ick –
    My daughter brought a “baby” snake home one day from our creek. It turned out to be a water moccasin, a very deadly snake. It was by the grace of God she didn’t get bit, the smaller the snake the more venomous they are.
    Okay, not I’ve got the creeps.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:09 am

      A water moccasin – yikes! She (and you) are very lucky indeed! My snake was a python so it’s not poisonous but there are so many poisonous ones around here we don’t take a chance with any of them. Our smallest snake here is called a Death Adder and I guess that name says it all about the venom of small snakes! 😯


      • Darla Welchel / May 14 2013 4:03 am

        Okay, Im severely freaked! A Death Adder! I think I would be moving or getting a mongoose for a pet!
        Have a great day and be safe!


  29. bodhisattvaintraining / May 12 2013 2:52 pm

    Didn’t realise it would be up that high – should keep snakes out 😉


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:10 am

      That height will be great to keep the snakes out (as long as birds don’t build nests in the eaves to attract them) 😉


  30. ramblingsfromamum / May 12 2013 3:38 pm

    Well you do have many slithery little creatures in your RUC it seems, glad the ‘boys’ were on the job lol and glad you kept your distance. Aussie Aussie Aussie 🙂 x


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:12 am

      LOL – I love the Aussie chant (and so do the boys!) They’ll be wrapped you said that! 😀


  31. Allison Wright / May 12 2013 5:59 pm

    A Nook with a View. How wonderfully Woolfish!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:14 am

      So true! I can’t wait until it’s finished, Allison 😀


  32. WordsFallFromMyEyes / May 12 2013 9:00 pm

    Yeek! But so glad you have that many helpers!!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:15 am

      It’s good to have them around when there are snakes involved! lol 🙂


  33. Polysyllabic Profundities / May 12 2013 9:36 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!! Big hug.


  34. cocoaupnorth / May 12 2013 11:47 pm

    You are certainly having fun there with your ‘discoveries’. The RUC is a taking a nice shape though.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:17 am

      Some ‘discoveries’ are better than others, Cocoa 😉 Thanks so much for coming by to say hello 😀


  35. moderndayruth / May 13 2013 1:29 am

    Happy Mother’s Day, dear Dianne! The house is going to be AMAZING! So happy you’ll have your own cozy writing space! And it’s true – fun starts when writers grab cameras… 😉 xxxx


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:19 am

      Thank you so much, Lena! I had a lovely day 😀

      I love my own little writing space 😉


  36. 4amWriter / May 13 2013 2:07 am

    Happy Mother’s Day! I’m so glad you and your helpers are respectful of snakes. I personally love snakes, even the poisonous ones. Do you know what kind of snake it was?


    • jmmcdowell / May 13 2013 6:14 am

      Aha! While I was reading this, I was thinking that if you hadn’t commented yet, I would email you to let you know Dianne had posted about snakes. 🙂


      • 4amWriter / May 13 2013 7:15 pm

        That’s so funny, JM. I’m glad I have spies out there to notify me of posts I’m sure to love! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:39 am

      Thank you so much for the Mother’s Day wishes and Happy Mother’s Day to you as well! (I hope you’re son is all good again after his operation) 🙂

      The snake was a night python (non-poisonous). I don’t like it when people kill snakes so I’m 100% with you! Putting them back in thier natural environment is the only way to go 😀


  37. harulawordsthatserve / May 13 2013 3:46 am

    Won’t you miss your resident crocodile dundees when the RUC’s finished:-) ? I’m sure the snake’s found a new happy home and I love that you all made such an effort to move it on, gently and firmly. I love your soon to be writing nook – may you and your muse be happy and fruitful there!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:41 am

      I will miss my crocodile dundees immensely when the RUC is finished – they’ve been wonderful 😦

      My muse likes the writer’s nook already and has taken up residence there. Now I just have to get my table, chair and computer (and wine glass) there and we’ll be on our way! LOL 😀


  38. starproms / May 13 2013 4:08 am

    No way! So your house to be is on stilts to keep snakes out, right? or else why? I can understand why you’d want the men to stay beneath! at certain times. Ha ha You live such a different life to me. I admire your tenacity especially after the year you’ve had! I like the writing nook. You’re going to love that.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:46 am

      The house is high because of the occasional flooding and also because this is a tropical climate and it makes things a lot cooler (and keeps snakes out as well!) The men around here do dirty work (farming, mechanics, etc) so it’s great to have an area when they can relax at the end of the day without filthying up the house (LOL) 😉

      The writer’s nook is the icing on the cake – I absolutely love it! 😀


  39. ly / May 13 2013 4:15 am

    Can snakes climb steel poles? Don’t answer that question!!! You might not want to know.


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:50 am

      LOL – I’m pretty sure they can! But they usually follow food and if I can keep the birds from nesting around the house I should be right 😉 If they do come up there could also be rats in the roof and if that’s the case they’re very welcome to live in my attic because I absolutely hate rats (and you’d know why if you saw the size of the ones that live around the farm – yikes!)

      There’s an old farmers saying that “poisonous snakes don’t climb” (I’d like to believe that!) 😉


    • Pagadan / May 13 2013 10:47 am

      It probably depends on how smooth the pole is. They can climb chain link fences, wire, down spouts (I think to get to the vents to get the tree frogs), and trees.


  40. adinparadise / May 13 2013 5:24 am

    Never a dull moment for you, Dianne. 😯 Your house is looking really amazing. I love the idea that you, the author princess, will be up there in your lofty tower, whilst the smelly, beery men will be down in the cave. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:51 am

      LOL – that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day (because it’s true!) 😀 😀 😀


  41. jmmcdowell / May 13 2013 6:12 am

    Thank you so much for the “stumping” photo! Now I understand what you and my pen pal have been talking about. 🙂 I’m not sure I would have been able to stand by, even at a safe distance, and take photos. I’d be worried that the snake would get away and come slithering back toward me at high speed! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:56 am

      I’m glad you liked the ‘stumping’ photo. I was thinking of you when I took it! 😀

      Most snakes will try to get away from you. The ones that don’t are the taipans and if I ever saw one of those I’d probably the land speed record! 😉


  42. 1girl4adamwest / May 13 2013 7:16 am

    What an adventure, right in your own place ha!


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 7:59 am

      There’s never a dull moment in that place! lol 😀


  43. Jacqui Murray / May 13 2013 9:01 am

    Oh what a great story for Mother’s Day. To be honest, knowing your renovations, the first thing that popped into my head was ‘plumber’s snake’ and I thought you were going to tell a joke!

    Aren’t we writers crazy folk?


    • diannegray / May 13 2013 9:10 am

      LOL! I kind of started it off as a joke and should have said we “walked into a bar” (because the RUC used to be a bar)!

      I love crazy writing folk! 😀


  44. justinwriter / May 13 2013 11:25 am

    It’s never dull at your place. Good to have a few amateur snake handlers around when you need them. 🙂 I’ve heard you can spray ‘Liquid Fence Snake Repellent’ around to dissuade snakes, but I don’t know how effective it is or if it affects other critters.


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:12 am

      Interesting – I’ve never heard of that before, thank you for mentioning it, Justin. I could spray it around the top of the posts because the only thing I really don’t want climbing to the top are snakes! I’ll ask in the pet shop or maybe the big farmer’s hardware store down the road – otherwise I’ll try online 😀 What a brilliant idea!


  45. agjorgenson / May 13 2013 1:20 pm

    My wife and I visited Australia a few years ago, and heard that it was awash with snakes. We were there a month, and I never saw one – aside from zoos etc. I grew up in the cold north and so know little of snakes. When I was little we would find garter snakes and throw them into the chicken pen. It wasn’t pretty, believe me! Glad to hear things are moving along in the RUC!


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:18 am

      Like any country, Allen, we have our share of things that are scary. I didn’t see my first snake until I was in my thirties, so that’s a long time to look for one! 😉 We also have (apparently) one of the most poisonous spiders in the world and I’ve only ever seen one before it ran away from me. I’m sure people come to Australia and get off the plane thinking they’ll see crocodiles and snakes slithering across the tarmac!

      The trick with the garter snake must have seemed like a lot of fun at the time (lol)!


  46. Rebecca Bradley / May 13 2013 4:32 pm

    Ha! I did notice the safe distance camera angle! I think that would have been the angle I would have been using. Love the pics and your new home!


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:33 am

      Thanks, Rebecca! I wasn’t going to get close to that thing (LOL) 😉


  47. jannatwrites / May 13 2013 5:24 pm

    I love how you started this out – hilarious. (Yeah, I’d get the camera, too!) I’m glad the snake was relocated and no one (human or reptile) was injured in the process. Your house is coming along so well – wonderful pictures 🙂


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:35 am

      Thank you, Janna 😀 I’d much rather be holding the camera than the snake! 😉


  48. Sheila / May 14 2013 1:15 am

    Hahah! The adventures are never ending. Now you have another creature character to add to your creature story. I can just imagine that snake peering out from the cabinet. It looks like a very long and scary one (or maybe I’m looking at the electrical lead – I wonder if the snake thought that was a friend).


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:38 am

      LOL – it may have thought the electrical lead was ‘back up’ with all those big humans stomping around! 😀


  49. Rohan 7 Things / May 14 2013 2:18 am

    Ha! Brilliant post, brought me right back! We had our share of snakes hiding around the house when we were doing up ours in Lismore. The place is looking great, and coming along really nicely! That is one long snake too, do you have any idea what kind it was?

    Thanks for sharing Dianne, love getting my little taste of rural Australia from ya, it’s great for the homesickness haha 🙂

    All the best!



    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:41 am

      I think it was a python (a night python, apparently) so it’s not poisonous. I could imagine you would have had some fairly hefty brown snakes in Lismore! Yikes 😯

      One day you’ll come back and visit ‘the old country’ and love it! 😀


      • Rohan 7 Things / May 15 2013 3:20 am

        Yup, loads of brown snakes, especially in summer out in the garden! We only had carpet pythons in the house though, they are big but not poisonous and not particularly aggressive, I actually find them kind of cute, same with green tree snakes.

        The spiders on the other hand…yeah not so much haha. Ah yeah I’ll have a great time when I do get back at some stage 🙂

        All the best Dianne!



  50. char / May 14 2013 3:27 am

    I love that “Let me get my camera” mentality. Glad the snake got a new home. I wouldn’t want to let him share your writer’s nook either. (BTW–I’ll post your interview tomorrow on my blog).


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:43 am

      I think then camera is a far safer option than trying to ‘help’ catch the snake (LOL)! 😉

      I’m so looking forward to the interview! YAY 😀


  51. Bonnie / May 14 2013 4:34 am

    Yes, an eventful weekend, but in an urban, i.e. no snakes involved kind of way. Which is why I live urban. 🙂 You can have the snakes my dear….in the cupboard or cane field. I am the spider killer at work when everyone else screeches…and that is about the extent of it for me! The RUC looks awesome Dianne! xo


    • diannegray / May 14 2013 6:48 am

      You’re very brave for confronting spiders. Bonnie! I’m a bit of a screecher when it comes to the big hairy ones 😯

      I’m so glad you had a good weekend, my dear 😀


  52. Janna G. Noelle / May 14 2013 10:58 am

    I love these animal stories of yours. 🙂 I had a snake in my house before when I worked and lived in the national park. It was an Eastern Fox Snake, which has a very distinctive pattern. When I picked the snake up (they’re non-poisonous and quite docile), it wrapped itself around my arm and I saw that my pajamas had almost the exact same pattern. I still have the resulting picture!


    • diannegray / May 15 2013 5:17 am

      How fantastic, Janna! What a wonderful story. I knew you (of all my blogging friends) would totally relate to this! 😀


  53. ripe red berries / May 14 2013 1:00 pm

    WOW – amazing – quite the project! Both the RUC and the snake! :0


  54. bulldog / May 14 2013 10:31 pm

    Now what type of snake was it… ??… maybe you just never gave it a chance, it might have been prepared to pay rental…


    • diannegray / May 15 2013 5:21 am

      It’s a python, Bulldog 😀 A cute little fella! I would have loved to put him in the roof space in case there are any rats there (free rental for his services), but the builders assure me there aren’t, so back to the wild he goes 😉


      • bulldog / May 15 2013 10:13 pm

        Just glad to hear he was not killed… most people kill them not thinking of the good they do..


  55. Rick Mallery / May 15 2013 6:26 am

    Ugh…I hate snakes. 🙂 Love the story, though. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 15 2013 7:16 am

      Thanks, Rick! I know never to bring a snake if I ever get over to visit you 😉


  56. Maddie Cochere / May 15 2013 3:45 pm

    This is sooo YOU!! LOL!!
    And Oh My Gosh, I would die if there was a snake in my cupboard.
    But there is definitely a children’s picture book in the story of the snake who moved with the house. 😉


    • diannegray / May 15 2013 3:55 pm

      I just hope his new place is really nice and there are loads of beetles and mice to eat! 😀 I was nearly going to call this post “Sweet Hitch-hiker” but changed it at the last minute 😉


  57. Irish Katie / May 17 2013 2:45 pm

    I think I have mentioned more than once….OMG….there are too many killer animals…And plants there! Jaysus…bugs….now snakes?!?!??! lol….that it was living in the RUC…*sort of smiles at the thought*


    • diannegray / May 18 2013 5:42 am

      That snake has been safely relocated now 😀 The thing is – you just have to watch where you step (and never reach into a dark corner with bare hands!) There are critters everywhere 😉


  58. maggiemyklebust / May 17 2013 6:04 pm

    Snakes absolutely horrify me! Lets hope you’ve seen the last of him and any of his friends 😉


    • diannegray / May 18 2013 5:43 am

      I don’t think I’ll see that one again, Maggie 😀 As far as his friends go? I’m not sure 😯


  59. Zen A. / May 19 2013 6:36 am

    I seem to have missed an eventful weekend while I was away! A snake in the cupboard, I would’ve definitely freaked out! Good thing you had those “crocodile dundees” around to help you out. 😀


    • diannegray / May 19 2013 11:51 am

      It has been an eventful time all round, Zen! I think I would have just stepped back slowly (quickly) if I found the snake in the cupboard 😯


  60. lacunakittie / May 19 2013 10:43 am

    awww yay! Snake!!!!


  61. Hazy Shades of Me / May 20 2013 8:10 am

    Shudder. I do not like snakes! However, I DO love writer’s nooks. Yay! You’re so lucky!! :0)


    • diannegray / May 26 2013 3:32 pm

      I can’t wait to test out the writer’s nook – YAY! 😀


  62. Betsy at Parenting is Funny / Jun 11 2013 2:04 pm

    That snake looks huge! Was it poisonous?


    • diannegray / Jun 11 2013 2:48 pm

      I does look big but it’s just python (and not poisonous) – but I still didn’t like having it in my kitchen – YIKES! 😉


  63. Linda Vernon / Aug 20 2013 3:21 am

    haha! Oh Dianne. You are so courageous to live among all those critters! I admire your pioneering spirit! 😀


    • diannegray / Aug 20 2013 10:13 am

      The snake is gone now (thank goodness) and I’m hoping it never comes back 😉



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