Chapter 10. Animals.
Getting back to the theme of a country house... The comment of andrielledcf from Brazil have made me to recall a funny moment. Some time ago Brazil and Mexican soap operas were quite popular in our country. In one of those the action took place in a countryside and the place was called 'fazenda'. Actually it was relatively rich place. Since then we sometime jokingly call our country house 'fazenda' as well. But today Tricia's blog inspires me to tell about animals.
Speaking of wild animals I should say we don't have many of them over here. In my youth I used to ramble in a forest picking up mushrums, berries or without a purpose. And I never met animals. Meeting a squirrel was quite an amazing event for me. Only once or twice I saw an elk. The biggest 'beast' near our fazenda is a hedgehog. A family of hedgehogs lives in a heap of brushwood in the neighbourhood. Sometimes they are too noisy, in such cases my wife says they 'arrange a champing'. Anyway it's funny and never annoying. We've got geckos as well. Amoung vermints I can name only moles. They nibble the roots of our apple-trees.
And, of course, we've got Colorado beetles which is a real disaster for potato growers. But they are not animals but bugs, I reckon.
Speaking of pets... We ain't got pets. Unfortunatly. The first main reason is our poor living condition. We've no free room even for an aquarium. And I'm afraid that improving my living condition is my pipe dream. The situation with an accommodation in our town is absolutely dead-end, the prices are unreasonably high and incomparable with income. The second reason is... me. I think in any case we could have a cat. But I can't bear cats. I've got an allergy. When I share one room with a cat I start to sneeze, tears come out of my eyes and I suffocate. It's terrible but I can't help it. It's sad, because my children are fond of pets. They love to play with little dogs and if it's impossible they play with puppet dogs. I'm so sorry we can't afford to have pets.
Bye now. I wish all of you nice weekend. Alex, the Captain. :)
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