A Mollusc’s Revenge

I’m not a morning person.

Not any more. In the dim and distant past I’d have been up long before dawn, on the first plane out, then sitting waiting for a 9.00 a.m. meeting in Germany or elsewhere. Drumming my fingers on the table if the natives were late.

These days it needs coffee. And plenty of it at that.

So it’s on caffeine power alone that I emerge to do the first garden inspection of the day.


They know this, don’t they.


2017-11-13T20:47:24+00:00June 4th, 2013|Tags: |


  1. Sue June 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Oh lord, I am just imagining putting a bare foot inside that welly.

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      It was a close run thing..

      • Natalie June 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm - Reply

        Phew, relieved you didn’t find Miz Sluggy with your bare foot!

        • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 12:08 am - Reply

          Miz Sluggy had better not pull that trick tomorrow, or it’s the river for her..

  2. Anne @GtSlamseysFarm June 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    better or worse than a mouse?

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      I was going to say the mouse would be worse, on account of teeth. But then slugs must have teeth too, mustn’t they? Certainly they can munch through my beans. Mousey teeth must be sharper though, they can chew through anything.

  3. countrysidetales June 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    If he had fingers he’d be raising two 🙂

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      They are taking it out on me for the nematodes aren’t they?

  4. knitsofacto June 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Three posts to catch up on here, because life’s like that at the moment … and now I’m ready to tackle my afternoon with a smile 😀

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      No worries Annie, I hope your afternoon went OK.

  5. jabblog June 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Shuddering here . . .

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Me too. Still..

  6. Em June 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    They’re even prepared to sacrifice themselves to annoy us….unbelievable.

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      What worried me were all the friends and relations that might be lurking down the toe..

  7. Simone June 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I am a morning person but am becoming a night person too! As soon as daylight fades I am outside on snail and slug inspection! I can now even pick them up with my bare hands!!!

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Yuk! Snails I can do, by the shell, but not slugs!

  8. the veg artist June 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Can’t stand anything that doesn’t have (visible) legs myself! Does it make you feel any better to know that I once put on a pair of those very low ‘foot’ wellies – only to fit that a cat had p**d in one? I was halfway down the garden before I realised why my foot was wet!

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Yuk again! I have some of those foot wellies too. No cat, but I will still be thinking about that for a while!

  9. haggiz June 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Better that than on your seedlings!! Julie x

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      I’m not so sure!!

  10. Denise June 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Now come on, Jessica…I bet you can think of at least three things to find in your wellies that would be worse than a slug? Poo things? Dead things? Spidery things? (Mind you, I do give my allotment wellies a good upside-down walloping before I pop ’em on! Just in case…)

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      Wasps. Maybe wasps?

  11. Sue T June 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Better that you came upon that handsome chap in the morning, imagine a midnight Squish! Crikey it doesn’t bear thinking about.

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Sue! Great to hear from you and welcome back!
      You’re right, that would not be nice. In the dark that squishing could be anything. Denise’s poo things and dead things would be particularly front of mind.

  12. frayed at the edge June 4, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I loathe slugs – I can’t bear to see them, let along touch them! I never did like them, then it was made worse when I started reading a book (or possibly just a short story) about slugs growing in your brain and bursting out through your nose …….. I’ll stop there!!

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

      On that note I am going to find the wine… 🙁

  13. Antoinette June 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Oh yes I remember those early morning flights and meetings [in my case in the Netherlands]!! Glad that’s not part of my life anymore. The numbr of airmiles I clocked up was beyond serious.
    Yuk re slug! think I’d rather have the mouse. Was once bitten by a shrew I’d rescued from the cat. It didn’t hurt. 🙂

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      I still have nightmares about those flights. But it’s lovely to wake up and realise that I don’t have to go anywhere after all!

  14. Modern Country Style June 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Bleeeurgh! I hate slugs soooo much! Yuck, yuck, yuck!

    But, I have to say, even through the slug-rage, nice hunters, missus!


    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      They’ve just split. Either the slug chewed them or they’ve collapsed under the strain.
      Don’t know what to get next… quite fancy those joules ones with the bow on the back?? OK, maybe not.

      • countrysidetales June 5, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

        Mine have just split too, as I discovered when standing in our pond. Perhaps we should do a joint post on which wellies to get and everyone can leave advice? Not bows though Jessica. I can’t do bows. Or spots. Or patterns. Or anything fancy. Huntresses it is again then….

        • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm - Reply

          Wot no bows???
          I spotted them a year or so ago when we were renting on a farm and I was looking after the pigs. It would have been a great wheeze because the farmer already had me down as far too designery for the pig pen. The trouble is, the piglets had already found the buckles on the hunters and loved to nibble them… what would they have made of the bows?

  15. BadPenny June 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I always shake my boots out !
    Just watching Nature Watch & seen that woodpeckers raid bird boxes & nests ! I didn’t know that !

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      They do, sadly. Nature can be cruel.
      Sometimes I wish everything was vegetarian and ate plants.. as long as they’re not mine!

  16. CherryPie June 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Oh No!! the thought doesn’t bear thinking about!!

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Tomorrow morning I’ll be shaking them out..

  17. I am very glad you saw it before putting the boot on. It is the worst to step on those with bare feet. What is it about their slime that makes it so hard to scrub off?

    • Jessica June 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      I’ve noticed the same. It’s horrible. And now inside my welly too…. 🙁

  18. Abby June 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Well, on a plane it might be snakes……………………. x (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_on_a_Plane)

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

      Suddenly I’ll take the slug..

  19. Cumbrian June 5, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Not nice, how did you dare to put them on, not knowing if there’s more of the family awaiting in the bottom?

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

      They had a very good shaking out, but even so I did not enjoy putting my hand in to make absolutely sure.. I’m thinking about one of those boot racks that you can fix high up on a wall.

  20. Anny June 5, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Something worried me when I read this, and then I realised what it was – do you think slugs might be developing a taste for wellies? If you come down again to a cropped pair – more like crocs, we’ll know.

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      There’s a positive side to that.. maybe I could put out an old leaky (even more leaky) pair, perhaps planted up with peas, as a diversion?

  21. Wendy June 5, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Is this an escapee from the nematodes? It does look a bit like slug-revenge. I’m glad you saw it first, before it surprised you.

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      I wondered the same. Although it looks rather too fighting fit to have had a brush with the nematodes..

  22. Rosie June 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Oh, yuk and more yuk! I must admit though that for me it would have been far worse to find a spider in my wellie!:)

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      I shouldn’t really leave my wellies in the outhouse, there are all manner of horrors lurking in there. Cold Comfort Farm: ‘something nasty in the woodshed’..

  23. Pats. June 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Keep your boots in the hall and get spiders instead!

    By the way the most comfy boots ever are Le Chameau ladies vierzonord, been wearing them for years on the farm, in fact we all do here. Well worth the extra dough!
    Pats. x.

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the tip… I will look them out. Mostly I just use them for gardening, but they do need to be watertight, for the boggy areas and the occasional wade through the river. I have some Le Chameau clogs, they are the bees knees.

  24. Paula @ Spoons n Spades June 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Bleugh! Those slimy monsters get in everywhere. Glad you spotted it before putting your foot in.

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      At least it wasn’t one of those foreign invaders from last year.. they were HUGE!!

  25. starproms June 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I know you checked that boot before you wore it, didn’t you!!

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      This morning I definitely did!

  26. young at heart June 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm - Reply


    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      My thoughts exactly.

  27. snowbird June 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    EEK!!!! I too am not, and NEVER have been a morning person. I only get up early if I absolutely have too!!! xxxx

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Quite right.

  28. Janet/Plantaliscious June 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Eugh. Could have been worse though. Squidgily worse…

    • Jessica June 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      It doesn’t bear thinking about does it? 🙁

  29. Jo June 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Urghh, is nothing sacred? They get everywhere.

    • Jessica June 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Don’t they just!!

  30. ropcorn June 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Yikes! I am glad you looked down there before stepping in that boot. Would have been a very interesting moment otherwise. Hehe. 😉

    • Jessica June 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      It would have been interesting for the slug too.. 😉

  31. elaine June 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    It could only happen to you. lol.

    • Jessica June 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm - Reply


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