... Deer in the herd this year.
I'd say, "count them," but it's useless trying to get a photograph. They blend so well with the background when there's nothing but brown leaves on the ground. In a couple of weeks there will be more green for them to munch on (and hide behind).
I sat down in the dining room to do a little sewing while the BabyLock is still set up on the table. When I caught a glimpse of a white tail flicking I counted three, then six. I went into the front entry hall (which faces the back hill) to observe them and counted two more. Then when I moved to get the sun out of my eyes I saw two more lurking at the corner of the house.
That's ten total! Mostly girls. But a couple were beginning to show antler bumps on their foreheads. No baby fawns yet so the herd could still be expanding.
Not much hope for salvaging the garden this year, but I'm going to try. I'm hoping that with a few spritzes of Deer-Off and strategic placement of some fence segments I may be able to protect some of it.
Wish me luck!
Oh, and by the way, I sewed 4 rows of Smith Mountain Morning blocks in between views of the deer. Now to finish the final 4 cornerstone blocks and get all the rows together...