The other day I was asked if I was suffering from iron deficiency, on account of the dark circles under my eyes. After a swift mental knee capping, I tried to explain the plight that is Possum.
Wasted effort really, most people can't get beyond the 'cute' factor. It's understandable, most people have limited contact with them and when they do, Possum is usually doing 'cute'.
I have lived with Possum for 5 months now; they aren't cute. Aside from treating your garden as their local supermarket fruit & veg section, they have a habit of breaking into your house.
Before Christmas we had the pleasure of Possum mum and her teen living in the attic space. After a week of mayhem i.e. much yelling about turning music down, doors slamming and sulking etc; we decided to evict.
It took 3 days to evict them and roughly 3 days for them to break back in. Credit where credit is due, Possum is ingenious.
The first time, they broke into the attic through the roof (they expertly prised off some tiles). The second time they broke in from underneath the house.
We know this because the poor Possum man spent an hour scouring every nook and cranny of the roof and found nothing to suggest Possum. I sensed his growing suspicion that I might be a complete fruit loop but despite this he kindly listened to my version of events again (i.e. Possum crowbars, tag teams & defiant/jubilant dancing across bedroom ceiling).
I am still not sure what part of my rendition prompted him to look under the house but he found their entry point. Possum man spent 10 mins hammering and came back very pleased with himself. No more Possum he claimed triumphantly and something else along the lines of old pipe covered in Possum grease, shimmying up and conniving buggers.
Well I think the conniving buggers are back. I was woken up at 3am two nights ago to what sounded like a giant mouse tapdancing on tin. I expect there will another defiant/jubilant party overhead tonight.
Am I expecting to have to call the Possum man in the morning - yes.
In case you were wondering about the progess of my other New Year's resolutions (see New Year's Resolutions & Revelations), indeed.