Wednesday, June 22, 2005

He's Back

You may remember I posted this photo of Peter the Frog a short time ago. He re-appeared in my garden this afternoon.
Amazingly, he sat still while I gave him a shower with the hosepipe.
He soaked up at least a gallon of Thames Water's finest. Yes, I know the reservoirs are running dry. But the bastards are charging me £20 a month for the stuff that falls from the heavens. And with the temperature around 90F my amphibian friend deserved it.
I think he wanted another photo taken. This internet fame has gone to his head.
Next thing you know he'll have an agent and be appearing on Celebrity Frog Island.


At 6:53 PM, Blogger cello said...

Not being rude, but how do you know he is Peter?

Our pond is only two years old, so there was much excitement this year when we got our own frog spawn laid into it directly. We have been defending the tadpoles from all manner of predators all spring, but we now hear lots of tiny plops when we approach it so enough seem to have won through. However I believe it takes three years for frogs to become mature enough to lay their own spawn, so it'll be a while before we can say our frogs are truly native.

And watering plants in the heat. that's better than sex, don't you think?

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

cello, watering frogs in the heat is even better.
I don't know why he's taken up residence here because there's no ponds or water anywhere close. But if he thinks I'm going to give him a shower every afternoon I'm sure he'll stay.
I mischievously (some might say childishly) named him Peter after a well-known blogger who took offence when I disagreed with him over something and has now removed his link to my blog.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger cello said...

Ha-ha, yes I read that frank exchange of views. But I'm afraid the simple fact is you were right.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Clare said...

My 3-yr-old and I spent a happy afternoon on Sun chasing frogs round my friend's garden. We found at least four, just mooching about in the borders.

He hasn't got any water in or near his garden either, and neither did my gran, who also used to have her fair share. Maybe damp undergrowth is enough?

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

clare, perhaps they find gardens that are regularly watered so they can always get a drink. And domestic gardens have a lot of small insects for them to eat.
I find it incredible that my frog is so tame he will allow me to give him a shower. Or perhaps frogs are just stupid. Or maybe I'm a reincarnation of St Francis of Assisi. No, that last is most unlikely.

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Noel Kimbler said...

Wishing you all the best!


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