Would people please let me know when (and where) they will be
in the <Jungle> whilst wearing white clothes, two pairs of socks,
pantyhose and leech socks, doused in permethrin, other mosquito repellents,
maybe tick repellent, carrying metho, bathroom mirrors and table salt, with
bulging eyelids and, I assume, a bewildered look.
I just want to advise my Sunday School group (Yr 6 - Yr
9) not to be alarmed (although they will be if that's all you're
wearing!). Meanwhile, they will continue their buddy system of
continuous vigilance against that most persistent part-time parasite - the
leech. [ Just kidding about the
For what it is worth, I spent nearly 25 years running,
walking, crawling or laying around in wet and dry scherophyll forest,
rainforest and desert, in all parts of the world (and that included long
duration 'don't move or breathe' ambush patrols), and leeches were just another
thing to put up with. They can get in the most unmentionable places,
too. But I reckon they are not as bad as small bush flies in a 'bad'
season, or as unforgiving as snakes, scorpions or spiders. And then,
fellow birders, there is The Tick. "Be afraid, be very afraid".
In my experience, ticks caused more casualties and serious illness than all
the other 'nasties' combined. A careless de-ticking attempt, and a
pin-sized head left under the skin, spells Trouble.
Several of the mosquito and tick repellents liberally and
periodically applied at all clothing boundaries and inside seams etc. will help,
and a cigarette or some salt will certainly help a graceful and safe
departure of the offending beast. But the trick is having a 'buddy' system
because four eyes and four hands and 360 degrees coverage is what you need -
modesty permitting. I also have a theory that leeches attack clean
people, which could explain their waiting under the water for the
But if you are on your own and have no buddy, well ...
try white clothes, two pairs of socks, pantyhose and leech socks, doused in
mosquito repellents, maybe tick repellent, and carry metho. and table salt and
two or three bathroom mirrors. Oh, and take a cell phone.
PS. Don't throw bricks at me ... it's Monday already,
and America still doesn't have a new President. Would Hawkey or Andrew
be available, or does anyone have a Drover's Dog ?
Mount Pleasant SC 29464
'The desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world'.
Le Carre, Writer.