Today’s post is from Jacque
OKOKOKO. I will start this acknowledging that the little critter in the picture is a frog. But “Toad in the Hole” is a vastly better title of this post than frog in the hole. So there it is.
Every summer we share our front patio area, just outside the front door, with the local frog population. And every summer a frog takes up residence in the spout of the watering can that I keep out there for watering plants or putting water in the dog bowl. Saturday morning I was weeding and cleaning up the flowers after the big wind and rain storm last week end. The dogs were in the yard with me. I always keep water available for them. As I attempted to pour the water, it was obvious it was clogged. And yes indeed, it was the annual frog.
It eventually popped out of the spout into the dog water dish. Bootsy immediately started lapping water, seeming not to care a bit if there was a frog in her water. It just stayed there for awhile. Later it returned to the spout, and I asked Lou to tip it forward to get the picture.
These frogs are a wonder. There are many of them. When my mother would visit in the summer, she loved sitting out there and watching them, too. That was the cheapest entertainment ever. I do not know how the frogs decide who gets to hang out in the spout. I suspect it is first come first serve. They seem to change colors, blending in with the bricks in a dull brown, or turning a bright green. And when they croak, we swear Godzilla is there on the patio with us (see VS’s recent Godzilla in the garden fantasy post). In the evenings, there is always one that sits behind the porch light, croaking. Godzilla in your ear.
What is outside your front door?