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Purple Death Day

by Heidi on September 30th, 2009
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A while back I discovered a blog called Gardening without skills who host a monthly Garden Blogger’s Death Day. Given my ‘talent’ in the garden I was thinking this would be something I could quite easily take part in.

Now granted I had more than a little assistance with the death in my garden this month, but it still seemed like the perfect opportunity to share with you the destruction, desecration, devastation and desolation that we returned from our holiday to.

While we were away both the sheep and the pigs decided to take advantage of the situation and they rampaged, ran amok and rioted through our vegetable patches. I must admit that at this point in time I am still in mourning and the future of the pigs in particular is still rather precarious.

While we were on holiday and receiving reports we were both in denial about the potential scale of the damage, now we have faced it ourselves we both seem to be quite firmly stuck in the (very) ANGRY stage of grief.

Devastated corn patch

Decimated veg patch

My Brussel sprouts :(

The sheep were in fact on the front lawn when we arrived home from the airport, and had eaten a significant portion of the leaves from the two apple trees we planted this year and knocked down the pear!

It was a pear tree

You are maybe wondering at this point why the post is called Purple Death Day? I am assuming you can figure out the death day bit, but the purple is because today also happens to be the day for entries to this months Wine on the Keyboard photo competition, and the theme is Purple.


I figured the photo comp would provide a lighter finish to a very depressing post, I was going to use my purple brussels as a subject but found it too demoralizing trying to get a good picture, so I went with what they haven’t eaten! Plus my Dad really likes thistles so I figured he would appreciate it!

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  1. OH WOW! The humanity! No photos of the guilty parties?… maybe with a boot print on their bums? LOL. I am so sorry you had to come home to that. Did they get out of a fenced area?? GAH! What a trainwreck they caused…that’s some of the worst damage I’ve seen.

    Thanks for participating in Garden Blogger’s Death Day!

    Comment by Kate and crew — October 1, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  2. I did consider including pictures of the guilty parties, but then I couldn’t stand looking at them long enough to get good pictures! Both sheep and pigs had decided that fences didn’t apply to them! The sheep are now getting electric shock treatment now have electric fencing as well as the regular stuff, and the pigs have lost their outdoor privileges until we can figure out how to keep them contained.

    Hopefully future posts participating in Garden Blogger’s Death Day will be limited to the damage I manage unassisted!

    Comment by Heidi — October 1, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  3. OMG – Heidi – that must have been devasting to see. All that hard work you had put in this year. You wouldn’t think so much damage could be done! Hope things run a bit more smoothly for you:-) Take care

    Comment by Karon — October 1, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  4. Holy, who knew they could cause so much damage! That’s too bad. Hopefully you enjoyed at least some of the fruits of your labour before they took advantage of your absence.

    Comment by Kim — October 5, 2009 @ 11:02 am

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