But he didn't, he invited two mates along. One frog is a quiet visitor but when his chums turn up they have quite a lot to say to each other. Jake the dog objected to their nocturnal discourse in the only way he knows how - frenzied howling and barking. The frogs had to go if I was to get any sleep.
And so it began... I catch the frogs and tip them into the garden and the frogs hop back. So I catch them again, put them in a bucket and take them back to the pond and the frogs hop back. My son-in-law-to be, catches them and takes them to the far side of the village pond and they hop back, this time with a few more friends in tow. This Sunday, with 8 frogs in the pool, the internet was consulted, a mixture of salt and vinegar was brewed and the pool was surrounded with this toxic potion - the frogs ignored it and carried on jumping into the water. I added citronella oil, chilli powder and mustard to the salt solution and painted the steps but the frogs couldn't care less.
|Netia in action|
House guests are handed a net and invited to join the hunt
A couple of days practice turns the novice hunter into an expert
But this morning there were 8 frogs sunning themselves before their morning dip. At this rate, in a couple of months, there won't be room for me to swim. So the appeal goes out for tried and tested remedies to make these noisy amphibians go home, before I am forced to move out just to get a good night's sleep.