Posts Tagged ‘orange peel’

For days we have been getting almost unreadable letters, tabloids and newspapers. For days we have been blaming each other for being rather careless while fetching the papers from the letterbox. It could be me blaming my other half and vice versa or us both blaming our boys

See what I mean? Who wouldn’t be furious, right? Holes, holes and more holes everywhere!!

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Yep, THAT bad!

I thought we looked silly putting the blame on each other; hence, the best solution was to nail the culprit on the spot, should we ever find out whomever…


Ah! Gotcha!

Caught in the act and about time, too! Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

Gotcha !!!

Gotcha !!!

What's so scrumptious about the newspaper?  I wonder....

What’s so scrumptious about the newspaper? I wonder….

Sweet Revenge

All of a sudden – with the aftermath of wet spells and showers – those slimy creatures were slithering all over our garden.

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Then one day, I asked my three guys if they fancied having snails for Sunday lunch. I must say, we could collect like a bucketful of those molluscs – from all slimy walks of life! Ha ha ha! Well, snails – not sure about slugs, though – are a delicacy in French kitchen, so why ever not, eh?

Baked Escargots in Garlic Parsley Butter...anyone????

Baked Escargots in Garlic Parsley Butter…anyone????

Did I cook those? At hindsight, maybe I wish I did! 😉


The crux of our problem was the letterbox. We found our slimy visitors slithering the interior walls of our letterbox. Yucks!

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Sorry for the skewed and badly taken pictures of the interior of our letterbox. I had to take those snapshots at lightning speed to avoid our beady-eyed neighbours. They must have thought I was nuts. ROTL!


There’s a book that we often refer to for DIY ideas and tips. The book is called “De Gouden Raad van Tante Kaat” (The Golden Advice from Aunt Kate). My MIL had a few of her books and she swore to the golden tips from Aunt Kate. We could not resist buying one of her books.

After flipping through a few pages, we came to this tip – Orange peel!

Oh by the way, I must say I enjoyed having freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning! I think I must have collected quite enough orange peels to fill a polystyrene bucket

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I must admit the “Orange Peel” trick worked like a charm. No more rugged edged newspapers. No more holes, BUT….

….ALAS…. only for a few days, when composting took its toll and our slimy ‘friends’ returned.

The composted orange peels no longer became repellant agent but were attracting them. YIKES!

Our slimy "visitors" came back !!

Our slimy “visitors” came back !!

Conclusion: The orange peels DID work, albeit temporarily, hence was only a quick fix.

Root Cause and Resolution

We had to stop the start and that was the “entrance” of our letterbox. The slot was too inviting – free entrance and exit. No way, Jose!

Open slot.  Too inviting...

Open slot. Too inviting…

The only way to curb and ward off these slimy creatures from slithering their way into our letterbox was to bar the slot with a flap hinge.

Like so…

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We may not have the most elegant looking letterbox in our neighbourbood – but who cares – it worked like a dream!

It has been more than a month now, even after the cold and wet spells – at least –  we have not been reading ‘second hand’ newspapers.


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A blessed Sunday everyone!