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May 9, 2014 / diannegray

Allow me to bore you

I was sitting on the writer’s nook this morning having breakfast and watching the noisy (cockatoo) neighbours when I thought I should film them to bring you a little closer to my world (you know how much I love to bore people). Lucky for you this video only goes for 30 seconds.

I had to cut the beginning and end off the video because my stomach kept rumbling in the background.

A few weeks back I talked about the rat that had eaten the fruit in my kitchen. Since then, I’ve made sure there is absolutely nothing in the kitchen every night and it hasn’t been back.

However, I think this rat may have been searching through my bookshelf and found The Art of War. One of it’s favourite quotes must be, “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” 

Last night I left my Mother-in-Law’s (M-I-L) Mother’s Day present on the bench. When I woke up this morning I found it on the lounge-room floor (the rat must have picked it up and carried it there).

Sorry Lindt, and M-I-L, and chocolate lovers all over the world (you may need some time alone after viewing this picture).

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I think it’s time to invite M-I-L’s cats for a sleepover…



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  1. John / May 9 2014 10:25 am

    Oh man, get some rat traps and poison pellets… Love seeing the birds in the distance. You have a wonderful place to work!!


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 10:32 am

      The birds are lovely, but the sugar cane farmers don’t like them because the eat the sugar cane. Well – they’ve got to eat something! 😉

      I’m determined that the rats don’t win this war and anything goes now! They’ll regret the day they touched that box of chocolates…


      • John / May 9 2014 10:41 am

        Then the farmers have a serious problem don’t they! We had Moles in the lawn back in Michigan. I went to the Co-Op every so often for some rat poison packs. End of problem. Nasty varmints have got to go you know… Serious health issue as well.


      • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:47 am

        They’re discussing things and carry horrible diseases. I wipe the benches down with Peppermint every night because I know they hate it. I guess that’s why this little ratbag carried the chocolates into the lounge room – to get away from the peppermint smell.


  2. EllaDee / May 9 2014 10:31 am

    What a beautiful day and outlook 🙂 I love the movement of the breeze through the leaves, and the blue range backdrop.
    Keep the choccies as an incentive for the opportunistic rat to show up again, install the cat, dog or a trap, it has to go.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 10:34 am

      The box and chocolates won’t be thrown away, it’ll now be bait to lure the little ratbag back to face it’s fate 😉

      It was magnificent this morning. The breeze has picked up a bit now, but it’s still clear and sunny 😀


  3. Betty / May 9 2014 10:35 am

    Love the video. Thank you for sharing! Cat is a good idea but beware…many years ago I tried that and the cat peed on my bed 😦


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:41 am

      ARGH! I really don’t want cat pee on my bed 😦

      Thanks for letting me know, Betty 😉


  4. roughwighting / May 9 2014 10:37 am

    Oh noooooooooo. After my last post on chocolate, and your reply, we both know how important the dark brown gooey sugary stuff is to us. So it would have been a perfect gift for your M I L also.
    Get the cat, and loved your birds.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:45 am

      Anything but the chocolate! 😥 I thought of you when I posted this 😉

      I love the birds as well. They greet me every morning with their squawking and squabbling over who gets to sit where on the tree – they’re such characters 😀


  5. nrhatch / May 9 2014 10:50 am

    That dirty rat!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and your MIL!


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:49 am

      Thank you, my dear! I’ll be heading for the shop today to buy her more chocolates (actually, I might get myself some while I’m there) 😉


  6. Carrie Rubin / May 9 2014 10:52 am

    Oh, how peaceful it must be in your neck of the woods! Well, except for that rat. Love that you had to edit stomach rumbling. That would so be me.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:52 am

      My stomach was doing the screech-stop-and-go thing. It must have been the piece of toast I just ate LOL 😀

      It’s very peaceful here and will be more-so once I get rid of that dirty rat once and for all 😉


  7. Pagadan / May 9 2014 11:03 am



  8. Pagadan / May 9 2014 11:04 am

    Oh, loved the video. I’d love to be sitting there.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:53 am

      It’s just lovely here, Joy – very peaceful indeed 😀


  9. ly / May 9 2014 11:24 am

    Loved seeing the birds–thanks for the peep into your world there! I had a mouse one Christmas who got into the red and green chocolate kisses. Well, the trap was baited with one. No more mouse.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:54 am

      I see where you’re heading, Ly. The chocolates and box will be saved as a special little gift for this nasty rat 😉

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the peep into my world 😀


  10. bluebee / May 9 2014 11:26 am

    Noooooooo, indeed!

    A beautiful shimmering in the distance, those cockatoos – you do have a view to die for!


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:55 am

      It’s just magnificent. Sometimes I feel like I’m looking at a painting that is constantly changing 😀

      Once the rat is gone, peace will reign again 😉


  11. Ruth Rainwater / May 9 2014 11:47 am

    What a waste of good chocolate! But the birds are beautiful and so is the view!


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 11:57 am

      Anything but the chocolate, Ruth 😦

      The view is wonderful – such peace and tranquility 😀


  12. Amy Reese / May 9 2014 11:55 am

    Oh, beautiful birds. Thanks for the video and for recording as your stomach was grumbling. You are so dedicated. Sorry about the chocolates! Those kitties will get that rat, with pleasure. That’s a brilliant idea. Good luck with that!


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 12:00 pm

      I haven’t figured out how to turn the sound on and off or add music to my home videos yet (well, I didn’t know I needed to do that until this morning when my stomach wouldn’t keep quiet!) 😉

      Thanks for wishing me luck with the rat. They’re very hard to get rid of, but I’m up for the task 😀


      • Amy Reese / May 9 2014 12:27 pm

        I actually didn’t hear your stomach. The birds I definitely heard! Kitty will take care of that rat!


  13. JackieP / May 9 2014 12:31 pm

    If I was a wee bit closer I’d let you borrow my dog Sam, he’s better at catching them nasty things than my 2 lazy cats! LOL…get em Dianne! 😉


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:39 pm

      Some dogs are brilliant with rats and mice. Mine will chase them but they’re always about 30 seconds behind! lol 😉


  14. agjorgenson / May 9 2014 12:36 pm

    Glad you are enjoying your nook, and thankful to enjoy the cockatoos, if even for a little while. Sorry for the rat troubles, although it may have been a mother rat, enjoying what she thought to be due her….


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:40 pm

      Haaaaa! Happy Rat Mother’s Day LOL – I love it 🙂


  15. Photos With Finesse / May 9 2014 12:50 pm

    The rat must die. That’s Lindt chocolate. Beautiful video of the Cockatoos, so tranquil when watching from a distance. Not sure I’d like to live next door to the noisy beasties. 😉


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:42 pm

      They don’t usually venture too close to us – there is probably nothing here for them to chew (except the sugar cane). When the farmer cuts the cane they come close, but it’s only a for a day or so 😀

      Yes – either the rat or I must go, and I’m standing my ground! 😀


  16. avwalters / May 9 2014 12:51 pm

    No kitties? A shame. Though my two have been known to create their own forms of havoc.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:43 pm

      There are cats next door at MILs house. I’m allergic to them, but I would put up with the sneezing to rid myself of that dratted rat 😉


  17. ygm17 / May 9 2014 1:05 pm

    you were right I did need a moment alone after seeing what The Rat did to the box of Lindt…normally I would encourage benevolence towards our fellow creatures but I’m afraid some things are unacceptable. The Rat must die.
    Thanks for sharing the video 🙂


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:45 pm

      That rat has gone too far – it’s crime what it did to those chocolates! It’s got to go – today! 😀


  18. bulldog / May 9 2014 1:29 pm

    Get the shotgun out… a rat that goes for the chocolates has to die… that is really asking for trouble…
    I loved the bird video… how do you get any work done with them nearby… I’d be hiding in the cane getting closer for photos…
    BUT, I’m sorry you cut off the beginning and end that could have added a good laugh… Like the bloke filming his wife’s piano concerto that did not hear the fart someone offered up till he played back the video…


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:51 pm

      LOL! What a classic – no farts in my videos (I hope) 😉

      The rat has committed a mortal sin by eating those chocolates. I’m going to go Rambo on it! 😀

      You’d love it here, Rob. No elephants and tigers but there’s plenty of other creatures to watch. Which reminds me, I saw the biggest bird of my life yesterday. It was flying over the RUC but I didn’t get my camera in time. At first I thought it was an ultra-light aircraft. I googled it and I’m pretty sure it was a Sarus Crane. It was absolutely magnificent!


  19. DaydreamsInWonderland / May 9 2014 1:50 pm

    False advertising, Dianne. You didn’t bore me at all. That 30 second clip reminded me of a movie opening. If only there was such peace & quiet around here.

    & That chocolate IS sad but I needed a good giggle after reading some things elsewhere that made me cringe.


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 1:58 pm

      I don’t like reading the cringe-worthy things so I’m glad I gave you a good giggle. I was going to put my towel hat picture on a Rambo body for this post, but I thought that may be going a little too far 😉

      It so peaceful here. A car stopped out the front last night and I felt like running out there and yelling at them to get the hell off my property, lol (I’m turning into such an old hermit!) 😀


      • DaydreamsInWonderland / May 9 2014 2:08 pm

        Haha!!!! Oh jeez – that would be pin-up worthy.

        & Don’t feel bad. I think the same thing is happening to me.


  20. jannatwrites / May 9 2014 3:32 pm

    Oh yes, you definitely need a cat (or ten)! Rats and roaches are two things that I couldn’t tolerate in my house. Now, getting into my chocolate- that would be war! Go get ’em, Dianne 🙂


    • diannegray / May 9 2014 4:02 pm

      I’m going Rambo 😉 I can’t stand rats and roaches either – yucky filthy things. And eating the chocolate, that’s going way too far! 😥


  21. ramblingsfromamum / May 9 2014 7:52 pm

    I can’t speak I’m still in mourning 😦


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:21 am

      LOL! You’re so cute 😀

      I left the box of chocs there last night with rat poison in it (with the remaining chocolate smeared on the poison). This morning when I checked, the box was empty 😉


      • ramblingsfromamum / May 10 2014 8:43 am

        I am writing a service this morning for the rat that’s gone to God…. His whiskers twitch no more.he bit the dust…or the chocolate…. naw thanks sweetness as are you xxx 🙂


  22. Roy McCarthy / May 9 2014 8:10 pm

    Well those birds looked like they were setting off to see the world, then they thought better of it and settled back on the same tree o_O Is that their year-round home Dianne or do they migrate?


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:23 am

      I think they live here all year, Roy. They sit in that tree and then all go down to eat the sugar cane leaving only one or two up there to watch out for the farmer. It looks like they were about to have a feast when they changed their minds – the farmer must have been out and about 😉


  23. Jill Weatherholt / May 9 2014 9:17 pm

    You know me, I love birds, so I really enjoyed the video, DIanne. You have such a lovely view from your writing nook.
    As for the rat…I would bring in an army of cats, despite being allergic…YUCK!
    Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day!


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:24 am

      Thank you so much, Jill! Happy Mother’s Day to all! (except the rat who took the bait last night) 😉


  24. Theo Fenraven / May 9 2014 10:12 pm

    The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. -W. C. Fields


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:25 am

      LOL – love it Theo! The rat had a nice feed of poison laced chocolate last night, so we’ll see how that goes 🙂


  25. Harliqueen / May 9 2014 10:43 pm

    Oh no! Not the Lindt! I love Lindt, my fave chocolate 😀


    • diannegray / May 12 2014 8:32 am

      Yes – the Lindt! OUCH!!!! Greedy little rat it is – why couldn’t it have just gone for the breadcrumbs in the garbage bin 😉


  26. Middlemay Farm / May 9 2014 11:26 pm

    I love boring nature. 🙂 Beautiful.


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:26 am

      Me too, Adrienne! I could sit here all day and watch it (and sometimes do) 😀


  27. Britt Skrabanek / May 10 2014 1:08 am

    Nooooooooooooooo!!!! I have two killer cats here you can borrow.

    I love that you had to edit your stomach rumbling from the video. The only reason I started learning how to edit sound into my videos is because of my heavy breathing. Darth Vader in the background is a bit distracting.


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:30 am

      LOL! I love it! I’m just putting a video together of the dogs playing in the creek so I can post it on FB for the kids to see (don’t you love the way I call them ‘kids’ when they’re all adults now?) and I hate the sound of my voice so I had to keep really quiet when I was filming instead of yelling ‘Geeeet the BALLLLL’ LOL


  28. Jacqui Murray / May 10 2014 2:25 am

    Oh my–what a wonderful way to write. I want your writers nook.

    Mine is populated with birds, too–blackbirds. They are noisy! Which is like music to a writer.


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:31 am

      It’s the best kind of music to a writer, Jacqui. You’ve hit the nail on the head there 😀


  29. donnajeanmcdunn / May 10 2014 2:49 am

    Loved the video. It wasn’t boring at all. SO sorry about the chocolates, but it looked like it was just one corner that had been eaten!


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:33 am

      It was just one corner and they’re all individually wrapped, but I don’t think MIL would appreciate getting that present (lol) 😀

      I’m so glad you loved the video – I’m sitting here now watching them again (what a lovely peaceful life!) 😉


  30. dearanonymousfriend / May 10 2014 2:58 am

    ewwwww…. hope that dirty rat leaves you for good soon… yuck!


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:34 am

      It should now because I refilled the box of chocolates with poison and it came back last night and ate it all – YAY 😀


  31. dex / May 10 2014 3:42 am

    Two things:

    1. I LOVE the title of this post. Made me smile.

    2. The birds circling the distant tree in your video…wow. What a wonderful thing to look up from your writing and see.


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:36 am

      I’m watching them now, Dex – they’re just beautiful! 🙂

      I’m glad the title gave you a smile – I thought it was kinds funny 😉


  32. Penny L Howe / May 10 2014 5:21 am

    You can borrow my cats if you’d like Dianne. Between the two of them they weigh in at around 50 lbs and are excellent hunters. They are always bringing me pleasant little gifts like your night visitor. On another note … Wow your stomach must rumble really loud!


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:39 am

      LOL! My camera picks up every sound 😀

      Your cats sound absolutely perfect, Penny. I see the cats next door bringing ‘gifts’ in the morning and I’m sure they keep the vermin down in the area. They’re wonderful creatures to have around 😀


  33. the eternal traveller / May 10 2014 6:33 am

    At least your rat has excellent taste in chocolate! These are my favourites.


    • diannegray / May 10 2014 7:39 am

      It’s a very choosy rat. Last time it ate my avocado and now chocolates! It’s spoiled 😀


  34. tw / May 10 2014 10:09 pm

    I love the birds Dianne. One of my friends lives in Brentford and there are escaped parakeets – they’re noisy but oh so beautiful. The rats on the other hand…. There are loads around us in the farmland and the best solution we’ve ever found is cats.


    • diannegray / May 11 2014 5:11 am

      I’m sure you’re right – cats are the only way to go. I’ve tried just about everything there is to get rid of the rats, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I’m allergic to cats, but I might have to bite the bullet. take antihistamines and get me one or two 😉


  35. Hazy Shades of Me / May 11 2014 12:41 am

    Uck!! Definitely invite kitty for a kip. It’s a necessary evil! The video is awesome.


    • diannegray / May 11 2014 5:14 am

      Thank you my dear! I think the video has had more hits than my book trailers now (lol) – it’s such a beautiful serene place 😀

      I must invite Kitty for a sleep over 😉


  36. 1girl4adamwest / May 11 2014 10:11 am

    I hear a meeeeooowwwww striking like a thunderbolt! LOL!!!


  37. Janna G. Noelle / May 11 2014 2:35 pm

    I actually really enjoyed watching that video. I kept expecting David Attenborough to chime in with a narration!

    The return of the rat, however, I most definitely Do Not Like. Rats can be quite vicious; I’m not actually sure who would prevail in rat vs. cat. You might be better off getting a pellet gun and setting a trap for him.


    • diannegray / May 12 2014 6:47 am

      LOL! Your comment just reminded me of something my sister-in-law did many years ago. She walked into the bathroom at the other farm house and there was a python in there (I don’t mind pythons, they eat rats) so she grabbed the shotgun and shot at it. She missed, but put a big hole in the bathroom wall!

      I put poison in the chocolate box and they ate it all! The thing about rats is their intelligence – they are very smart and won’t eat anything unless it’s been tested by one of the ‘lower order rats’. They have to trust a food source. They trusted the chocolates – silly rats! 😀

      I’m so glad you liked the video, I sit here every morning and watch the birds – it’s very relaxing indeed 😉


  38. cestlavie22 / May 12 2014 1:11 am

    Lol this looks like what all my candy wrappers look like if the dog is nearby. I guess its good you caught it before you decided to dig in and have a piece!


    • diannegray / May 12 2014 6:49 am

      Absolutely – that nasty little rat has got very good taste! 😉


  39. Peter / May 12 2014 10:27 am

    I do not like cats, but I’d house a cat forever over allowing a rat to hang out in my environs…. eeeeewwwwww!


    • diannegray / May 12 2014 10:50 am

      Rats are absolutely disgusting creatures and to be honest – I’d rather have a snake in the house. I’ve loaded the chocolate box with rat poison and they’ve eaten it. Yay! 😀

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      • Peter / May 12 2014 12:41 pm

        I agree! 😉


  40. Kozo Hattori / May 12 2014 1:17 pm

    So much beauty, tranquility, and motion in that video, Dianne. The writer’s nook gets more and more heavenly with every post. Hope M.I.L. didn’t mind a bit of duct tape on her present. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / May 13 2014 5:20 am

      I bought MIL new chocolates (much bigger in a round tin) LOL

      I’m sitting on the nook now, the sun isn’t up yet – it’s just beautiful 😀



  41. tchistorygal / May 13 2014 12:32 am

    I love your video. How wonderful! I don’t have the sugar cane, but I have the mountains in the background and the birds in the trees. The two cats are outside keeping the mice and moles and gophers out of the house! 🙂 The major difference is that you enjoy it and ALSO get some writing done! Thanks for sharing a beautiful thirty second slice of your life. It wasn’t boring at all, now maybe an hour of it….I might start writing my next book. 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2014 5:41 am

      I was thinking of getting a cat, but their fur makes me sneeze (although I think you can get those furless cats, but they’re pretty expensive). The rats have been taking the bait, so I’m hoping their reign of (chocolate) terror is nearly over 😉

      It’s good to know you also have the mountains and the birds in the trees – how glorious! 😀


      • tchistorygal / May 15 2014 3:56 am

        I don’t let the cats inside. Vince is allergic to them, too. It’s ok when they are outside. They keep down the rodent populations. Someday maybe we will see each others environment in person. Until then, pictures and adorable videos! 🙂


  42. billyraychitwood1 / May 13 2014 1:32 am

    One of my fondest memories: as a child, I chewed on a lot of sugar canes… I’m so happy you have found ultimate enjoyment in the simple pleasures. Bore me some more! 🙂


    • diannegray / May 13 2014 5:50 am

      Thank you so much, Billy Ray! Chewing on sugar cane is great (and a lovely treat!) 😀


  43. Kourtney Heintz / May 14 2014 1:58 am

    It’s so hard to be careful 24-7. It’s always that one time you slip that something happens. Grrr. Hope your M-I-L understood about the candy crisis.


    • diannegray / May 14 2014 7:26 am

      I didn’t tell her, I just bought her a bigger box of chocs LOL 😀


  44. jmmcdowell / May 15 2014 11:18 am

    The birds were great! The rat-attacked chocolates—no! That little devil will rue the day he stepped foot in the RUC!


    • diannegray / May 15 2014 1:40 pm

      I went out and bought my mother-in-law another (bigger) box of chocolates (in a tin) LOL. She loved them 😀


  45. ocdreader / May 23 2014 1:59 pm

    Win this war Dianne! Win at any cost, you must save the chocolate.


    • diannegray / May 23 2014 5:33 pm

      I think it’s worked! I put rat poison in the chocolate box and they ate it and haven’t been back! woo hoo!!! 😀


  46. tishmoon / May 30 2014 1:58 pm

    Am terrified for you… but love the gorgeous video you made !!! =) =) I would take allergy pills and give in, buying several cats; large, fearless cats, immediately ! Perhaps even a boa constrictor, I hear they are reasonably priced if you get a juvenile specimen… of course, then you would also need a mongoose to protect you from the snake. You are brave, and I for one, admire your pluck… clever to put the poison in the chocolates. =)


    • diannegray / May 30 2014 2:49 pm

      I’ve always wanted a tiger – maybe I could get one of those 😀

      I’m so glad the rats have gone – ick! I hate the things 😉


      • tishmoon / May 31 2014 11:02 am

        So glad the squeakers have vacated the premises ! =) =)

        You should totally get a tiger… and then post photos for all of us ! =)


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