The Snail Trail
(Pakenham, Victoria, Australia)
Wet, wintry and not so warm, that's Melbourne in the month of July.
But we still had fun. Well at least my family did!
After really wet days we would all rug up and pop our beanie hats on and head on out the door into the garden.
Torches at the ready and carrying beach buckets we would go hunting for a snail trail or two.
The winner for the night was the one who collected the most snails and the prize was always a block of chocolate.
For some reason our house seemed to attract hundreds of the little pests and by the end of the hunt usually all our buckets were full.
Big ones, little ones, it didn't matter all were counted and the winner was announced!
Still to this day my grown children recall those fun nights.
Funny thing is, that they never asked where the little critters ended up.
Seems that they just disappeared!
And they all thought that the old kettle boiling away on the stove was for a hot cuppa tea.
Amazing how fast you can turn a bucket of slimy, shelled pests into an Australian version of Escargot.
Not that any of them were ever eaten.
Boiling water was my cheap pest control, very eco friendly even for those days!