Anecdote – The Toads

A true story

Opher's World

From the age of ten I used to go around with my friend Tony and we’d collect animals. I had a pit in my back garden that I’d dug out. It was twelve feet long and eight foot wide. I’d dug in three feet deep with sheer sides. It had a pond which was an old porcelain sink, rocks, grass, slates and various plants.

I used to go off catching grass-snakes, slow-worms, lizards, frogs, newts and toads and keep them in my pit. At feeing time I’d throw in mealworms, slugs and earthworms and they’d come out and eat.

There was one magical place that Tony and I would go to visit every year. By the side of the river was a big lagoon that faded away into ponds and swamp. There was one particular pond that was special. Every toad in the whole area came there to mate and lay…

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