Mallory, It is early Saturday morning and we are on the road back to Peterborough. We have had another delightful two weeks as your guests, and as always we cannot say enough about this special place you've made or thank you sufficiently for sharing it with us. We had great weather and fantastic sunsets, plus even a great view of an approaching lightning storm. We had wonderful days on the beaches (mostly Bothwell beach and Big Pond Road beach) and a great day kayaking the Morell River. And we are bringing home many driftwood and seaglass treasures. The most important piece of information I have to share with you, if you are not yet aware, is that you have a fox living beneath your tool shed, and she appears to have four -- count 'em -- cubs. The mother vixen first appeared to just be passing through in the evening on occasion. By the second week we saw her with one cub, then a second two nights later, and it took us some time to realize she lived on the prooperty. Then on Thursday evening she was out with four cubs. They romped and played on the lawn for quite some time, and it was quite a scene for us to watch (). Indeed, we wondered if this was the Cubs' maiden voyage out of the den (though they seemed quite big & healthy to be making their first trip outside). In any event, this situation may pose a nuisance for your property, and I do not know what kind of remedies are available under PEI wildlife legislation. Mom seems to be preparing her kits for independent life but my understanding is that they are likely to stick around for the summer. Thankfully they display no interest in the trash. I meant to call and chat while we were in PEI but never had the chance (my attention, rightly, was focused on the boys, who like to tease me about my enjoyment of "chitchat"). I will call once I am settled back in Peterborough. I have an idea for a magazine story about PEI that I'd like to run past you. Many thanks again. And please keep us in mind for early July again next year.
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