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Old 02-09-2015, 12:49 AM
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Reports of moles causing damage to the grounds of Anmer Hall while the Duke and Duchess have been away on Mustique.

(But wouldn't the gardeners just sort that out, whether the house was occupied or not?)
Oh that's given me the biggest laugh I've had all day. While the Cambridges are away, the moles will play! *snort!*

I think Owen Newitt from "The Vicar of Dibley" had a surefire solution for moles that involved a shovel. Or was that badgers? Either way I'm now having enormous fun envisaging William rushing around with a shovel.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:59 AM
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Oh that's given me the biggest laugh I've had all day. While the Cambridges are away, the moles will play! *snort!*

I think Owen Newitt from "The Vicar of Dibley" had a surefire solution for moles that involved a shovel. Or was that badgers? Either way I'm now having enormous fun envisaging William rushing around with a shovel.


The perils of country life eh Roslyn.

Poor moles, a shovel sounds rather harsh.

(Reported to be damaging the lawn, so at least not the veggie patch if C still gardens.)
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:17 AM
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The perils of country life eh Roslyn.

Poor moles, a shovel sounds rather harsh.

(Reported to be damaging the lawn, so at least not the veggie patch if C still gardens.)
Yes, I don't recommend Owen's method of controlling moles. They seem rather sweet to me. I wish I only had moles to contend with at my place instead of the Eastern Brown Snakes, and those rather nasty, very large and aggressive bulldog ants that inflict a very painful bite that hurts for days.

I await more news on the Anmer moles.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:19 AM
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Yes, I don't recommend Owen's method of controlling moles. They seem rather sweet to me. I wish I only had moles to contend with at my place instead of the Eastern Brown Snakes, and those rather nasty, very large and aggressive bulldog ants that inflict a very painful bite that hurts for days.

I await more news on the Anmer moles.


It's the "Wind in the Willows" effect I think - that's our only knowledge of moles.

February is funnel web season here in Sydney - a man almost died last week because he didn't shake out his clothes before putting them on.

(Would have died if he was smaller - a woman, or a child.)

Pity about the lawn, but there are worse experiences to be had from Nature.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:50 AM
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Oh that's given me the biggest laugh I've had all day. While the Cambridges are away, the moles will play! *snort!*

I think Owen Newitt from "The Vicar of Dibley" had a surefire solution for moles that involved a shovel. Or was that badgers? Either way I'm now having enormous fun envisaging William rushing around with a shovel.
The British version of whack-a-mole. Fun for all ages.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:48 AM
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Does the Daily Mail have a neighbor on the payroll for all of these roof tiles, weather vanes, now moles stories? What is next Lupo chasing a cat?

On a side note, I'm never going to Australia because it seems like everything there can kill you.


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Old 02-09-2015, 08:03 AM
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Does the Daily Mail have a neighbor on the payroll for all of these roof tiles, weather vanes, now moles stories? What is next Lupo chasing a cat?

On a side note, I'm never going to Australia because it seems like everything there can kill you.


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I refuse to believe it without close up photos. I want Monday Mole Mail! (Daily Mail photos that it).
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:01 AM
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Does the Daily Mail have a neighbor on the payroll for all of these roof tiles, weather vanes, now moles stories? What is next Lupo chasing a cat?

On a side note, I'm never going to Australia because it seems like everything there can kill you.


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No, not everything. And we don't have bears or cougars or any other carnivorous mammals.

But those Eastern Brown Snakes are right outside our front and back doors. And they are seriously dangerous snakes; the second or third deadliest in the world. And only this morning a man was killed by a shark at the beach a few miles from us. He was sitting on a surfboard and a shark bit off both his legs. It was a huge shark.

And then there are the spiders, some of which are huge and scary as hell even though these ones are perhaps not lethal. When I was a small child living on Sydney's North Shore a Sydney Funnel Web Spider chased me up the hall, and that's something you never forget.

There are no crocodiles this far south; you have to drive about eight hours north before you reach their territory, but when you're in their territory you don't want to lurk around the shoreline in the early morning or dusk. Or anytime, actually. And there's always the Ross River Fever from the mosquitoes. And we also have some rather unpleasant ticks.

But Australia is a great place for a holiday.

However I, too, am waiting for Mole Mail.
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I think I will take my chances in N. America with the bears and its other carnivores. They aren't usually waiting outside the door to kill me 😁


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Old 02-09-2015, 02:29 PM
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No, not everything. And we don't have bears or cougars or any other carnivorous mammals.

But those Eastern Brown Snakes are right outside our front and back doors. And they are seriously dangerous snakes; the second or third deadliest in the world. And only this morning a man was killed by a shark at the beach a few miles from us. He was sitting on a surfboard and a shark bit off both his legs. It was a huge shark.

And then there are the spiders, some of which are huge and scary as hell even though these ones are perhaps not lethal. When I was a small child living on Sydney's North Shore a Sydney Funnel Web Spider chased me up the hall, and that's something you never forget.

There are no crocodiles this far south; you have to drive about eight hours north before you reach their territory, but when you're in their territory you don't want to lurk around the shoreline in the early morning or dusk. Or anytime, actually. And there's always the Ross River Fever from the mosquitoes. And we also have some rather unpleasant ticks.

But Australia is a great place for a holiday.

However I, too, am waiting for Mole Mail.
You forgot to mention the deadly jellies.
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I have heard nothing here in the UK about moles (neither furry ones nor the spying sort) at Amner Hall - is there a link anywhere?
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:02 PM
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Darn! I can't find any articles about the mole attacks either. Sun Lion, what is your source?
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I have heard nothing here in the UK about moles (neither furry ones nor the spying sort) at Amner Hall - is there a link anywhere?
Jacknch: there were three headlines about ANMER MOLES under one of the royals stories that the DM ran on Sunday. They linked to nothing.

I've searched the DM for ANMER HALL and no moles. I did a general news search and no moles, but a bit about a mole in green wellies at from 2014: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2014/...me-renovations

I think the moles are a figment of undigested dinner.

In the US - to get rid of moles, you need to get rid of the soil grubs on which they feed. Maybe we will see a grub expose!
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Oh well, I just hope that the gardeners at Anmer Hall use deterrent methods if there are moles about.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:28 PM
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I think I will take my chances in N. America with the bears and its other carnivores. They aren't usually waiting outside the door to kill me 😁


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I recently relocated to Juneau, AK and yes, there can and will be bears outside my door come the spring.

That being said...we do need to get back on topic.

Perhaps a nice thread about the beauty of Australia in the General Discussion forum
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:24 AM
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Darn! I can't find any articles about the mole attacks either. Sun Lion, what is your source?


Just saw your post Roslyn.

The report is under "Girl About Town: Dad's old farmhouse? Bling it on, says Zara" by Charlotte Griffiths.

(This is about Zara's new home.)

Then the moles at Anmer Hall - a few lines in bold.

(Just before the bit about George and Amal Clooney.)
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Just saw your post Roslyn.

The report is under "Girl About Town: Dad's old farmhouse? Bling it on, says Zara" by Charlotte Griffiths.

(This is about Zara's new home.)

Then the moles at Anmer Hall - a few lines in bold.

(Just before the bit about George and Amal Clooney.)
GIRL ABOUT TOWN: Dad's old farmhouse? Bling it on, says Zara | Daily Mail Online
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Are they likely to ever take on a third residence before he is Duke of Cornwall?
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Are they likely to ever take on a third residence before he is Duke of Cornwall?

I think he has a small house at Balmoral, right?

I doubt they need more than what they have.


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Old 03-02-2015, 05:30 AM
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Are they likely to ever take on a third residence before he is Duke of Cornwall?
I would be surprised if they took up an additional residence on a full time basis. They probably still have use of a lodge up on the Balmoral estate, but if I am not mistaken, that is probably quite small and not suitable for a family.
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