Saturday, February 2, 2013
Every summer we get volunteer cantaloupes back from the first ones we ever planted. They are delicious. Last year, I had lost faith they were going to come up so I bought some plants and Lenny set them out. Well, of course, the volunteers returned and soon we were overrun with cantalopes. The new ones were pretty but tasted awful so I was happy to have the old plants producing melons.
Apparently I wasn't the only one. One particularly pretty melon had been growing and I was just waiting for it to get perfectly ripe checking it every day. On the day I went to pick it, I discovered 'the evidence' in the photo. We had cantaloupe vandalism!
My husband thought it was rabbits but I hadn't seen a rabbit in our yard in ages. (We have a cat.) I suspected the crows and soon enough caught them in the act. So I constructed a scarecrow I named Sally. I think I even posted her on my blog at the time. However, Sally fell down on the job literally about a week into her duty after a nice rain. The crows also didn't like the new variety. They only ate the volunteer ones.
I never got anymore cantaloupe and even in winter we still have crows hanging around. We are going to have to cover the melon patch next year, I guess. Anyway, I had fun with the layout.
This is for Glitter Girl's challenge to use fabric. My kind of challenge! I have tons of discontinued fabric sample books. I cut a few swatches and did the banner - my version of crime scene tape.
For the "Wanted" sign, I used Power Point and some of the built-in clip art. The Thickers are Rockabye Mistables I painted green.
Thanks for stopping by. If you know of a good way to discourage crows without firearms, let me know. I'm anxious for tasty cantaloupes again.