Hi Guys, there are no pretty pictures for this entry, so there are no pictures at all!! If I had of been typing this in Yesterday, I would have called it the worst day! Now I think that Tuesday was an extremely interesting day. As you may or may not know, Lilly Cottage is nestled in amongst the bushland just outside of Petrie and our little shop is one in the little village there. Every so often Mum and I take classes in which we teach the children to sew buttons on to fabric bookmarks.
Now Lilly Cottage is tiny ( well two rooms and the front section) and isn't really big enough to hold classes in so we have an arrangement where we take the children down to the barn and use the tables and chairs there as they are under cover. This has been a good arrangement until Yesterday, normally after the tour of the shop we all walk down to the barn and greet the possum that is generally up in the roof rafters right above the table where we sew. We warn the children that possums are nocturnal animals and if we wake them up, they will do what comes naturally and possibly wee on the table. It works, they keep a little bit quieter. Yesterday as we greeted the possum, the two teachers with the group pointed out that there was also a very large carpet snake down the other end of the barn also up on the rafters, in fact there were two!
OK I really am not all that fond of snakes, and generally they just stay were they are during the day, well not this one, this one was hungry!! and he could smell Possum! With teachers on snake watch it wasn't long before we had to do a quick evacuation from our sewing positions, then a quick run back in to grab our sewing things and then 13 little girls and I went up to the rotunda to continue our class. The two teachers and Grandma Jan stayed for a little longer down in the barn and witnessed the horrifying site of a huge carpet snake eating a very large possum. Their screams could be heard from our new sewing position up in the rotunda and after a quick explanation that snakes can't go to MacDonald's or to the supermarket (thank god!) to get their dinner and the possum was his dinner, we continued to stitch and sew.
Soon we were joined by the adults in our group, who then returned back down to the barn to collect the rest of our things to find the huge snake, with possum clenched in his jaw, had fallen from the roof, onto the table and then on to the floor. Snake was then wrapped tightly around his dinner and tried to swallow it!!! Gross!! I so did not need to see that and I am so glad that the teachers had seen the snake when they did, otherwise no amount of therapy would help one group of girls and myself if we hadn't of seen it and it had landed on us.!!! There was all a huge mess, but we won't go into that!
We finished our class and the girls stayed on track as the park managers were notified and Australia Zoo was contacted to come and collect said snake the next day. There was a steady stream of curious adults going down to the barn ( Laura was one of them, see she mentioned that interest in death thing and then look what happens!) Of course every person who went to see the snake at dinner, wished they hadn't and were slightly unnerved by the whole ordeal!! Go Figure!! To me it is a bit like watching the Titanic movie, you know it is going to be sad and you will see something awful, so why bother, save yourself the trauma I say!!
That is why there are no pretty photos, I could have taken some, well got someone to take some but then I would have to continue to look at that awful image of snake and possum and I am sooo sure that you really want to see it either. I did want to write about it however as it just goes to show that life at Lilly Cottage is never ever boring, no where else in the world could you have such a beautiful shop filled with gorgeous trinkets and lots of pink girly stuff and then outside be faced with snakes in the toilet and in the barn, possums, rats, huge spiders, koalas and the list goes on.
But would we want to give it up, NO Never!!! That is why we love being at Lilly Cottage. TTFN KN Linda Lilly Cottage.P.S. This morning (Wednesday) the snake was no longer in the barn, he must have swallowed his prey and moved on, Australia Zoo couldn't find him, I am so not going down that end of the park for quite a while as I figure he wouldn't be up anywhere high with that much in his belly, he is going to be down low! Yep gonna be staying in Lilly Cottage for a while! KN again L*