"Bed"-Time Stories: Chapter 2 ~ First Fruits

So. The first ripe strawberry of the 2008 season. Here it is.

Or, rather, was.

What on earth happened to my strawberry? What manner of wildlife managed to partially - partially! - consume the lone ripe berry in my strawberry bed? Truthfully, I don't know. Could be slugs. Could be the groundhog that lives under the gardening shed. Or . . .

It could be this guy.

Does it matter? No, and yes. No, it doesn't matter what ate my poor strawberry because what is relevant here is that it wasn't me. And yes, it does matter, because, to be honest, if I had to pick, I'd rather it be this guy munching away in my garden than a goo-dripping gastropod. (Look at those big black eyes. And slugs don't have little cotton-puff tails! Cuuute.)


Now, I'm willing to share, but only to a point. The first - and only! - ripe fruit is a little much to ask, but there's no use crying over a half-gnawed strawberry. And whoever the guilty party is, he's obviously a discriminating fellow, so I have to give him that.

This berry was whole just yesterday, when it bore the first blush of ripeness on its still-green skin. The predator was probably checking it out even then, lying in wait, biding his time till the midmorning sun blushed that berry right up before going in for the kill.

I can relate. Who isn't eager for strawberry season?

But my goodwill extends only to a point. Touch the basil, the parsley, the radishes, my fine furry friend, and all bets are off.


  1. First, let me introduce myself, I am Ande's friend Kim's sister Beth. :) I love your blog! I aspire to one day have a food blog too, but I am too busy with my babies right now to do much fancy cooking!

    Secondly, I wanted to commiserate with you over the loss of your first strawberry. We were losing our bushes, leaves and all to our local deer population until my ingenious husband built a McGyver-esque contraption to keep them away. Now my precious little berries are forming and I can't wait to pounce!

  2. Amazing pictures cute story to!


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