Securing the compound


The caretaker’s cottage on Deal Island is surrounded by two layers of fence. The inner fence surrounds the two houses.

The outer fence’s circumference is about a mile long and has many gaps, which allow rabbits, possum and apparently penguins in.
How do I know this? I have closed gaps in about a half of the fence and set snares to trap rabbits, which overrun both the outer and sometimes inner compounds.

My count so far is 3 rabbits (cacciatore and polenta tonight), one possum and one penguin, both of which were released unharmed. You can imagine the rest.

When I finished I headed down to the jetty. I had considered s swim but the sun was setting and it was glorious, but cool.




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