The snails at the bottom of the yard


I was going to call this post ‘The case of the missing gecko’, because I found a beautiful, tiny gecko up on the terrace; it was undamaged but dead and on its back. I was excited to have the chance to draw something like this and took it up to my room on a piece of paper. As I had promised to watch a program with the man that evening, I decided I would start on it first thing in the morning. By the morning it had gone….now, I know you all think it was the cat what done it, but I can assure you he didn’t go upstairs that morning, so I would like to think the gecko somehow revived itself and left! It is very disappointing when you have drawn something in your mind to then find you cannot draw it after all….so, I made do with the snails, or caracoles, that have attached themselves to the gate at the bottom of the yard. They are alive, I believe 🙂


29 thoughts on “The snails at the bottom of the yard

  1. I love the drawing & the story!

    I frequently have to rescue daddy-long-leg spiders that drown when I shower. I carefully lift them to the sink and hope for he best. Almost always, they have recovered and walked away by the time I return later in the day. I hope the same is true of your little gecko.


    • Aw, good for you, the saviour of long-legged spiders! Yes, I have since been told that geckos do play dead so it is very likely that he escaped in the night. I hope so! 🙂

      Thank you for your kind comment.


  2. Hi Wendy 😀 What a lovely drawing ! I was watching a couple of women in the field behind my apartment last week collecting those snails. Although tiny, the snails are cooked and eaten by sucking on the shells. Normal brown snails are also collected at different times of the year. 😀 ❤


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