A fox has taken up residence in our garden. There was a time when I would have thought this was a delightful thing to happen. Not any more.
Almost every day there is litter in the garden; the remains of other people's takeaways, greasy chip paper, little half used tubs of hot sauce, chocolate wrappers. Occasionally there is a chewed trainer (shoe not person).
Foxes are also very noisy at night. They are either having enthusiastic sex or fighting with any cat foolish enough to come anywhere near them. In either case the noise they make is quite similar. It is eerily human or at least I imagine it is how a human would sound if having one of its limbs removed with a rusty saw.
The fox has made a lair for itself beside the hydrangea and on top of where the scabious grow every year. Whatever it gets up to it has caused the leaves of the plants around where it is squatting to blacken. As these are my two favourite things in the garden this is very annoying.
Earlier in the week I met Traybake on his doorstep. I was late for work but needed to water the plants in pots as it was another blistering hot day. It was almost 9 a.m. so naturally TB was still in his pjs. He told me that someone had stolen a towel of the clothes line the day before. It was one of his favourites - a Missoni striped hand towel. (When Soda Farl and I are at work TB sometimes sneakily uses our clothes line.) I guessed it had probably fallen off the line - as TB is not allowed to use our clothes line he doesn't have any clothes pegs - and a fox had taken it. I had a look round the garden but there was no sign of it. I hoped it was the fox rather than some random stranger coming into the garden.
This morning when I looked out the window I saw something stripey lying on the ground next to the lair. I don't know if TB will want to use the towel again after Mr Reynard has been playing with it. I do know that TB is going to go out when it is sufficiently dark and pee around the area where the fox is sleeping. Apparently they don't like human urine which seems fair enough as we don't like fox poo.
Later today I'm going here.
I can't wait.