Been having a weeding, clearing out purple sprouting stalks today. Took a barrow load up to the compost heap at the top of the garden. Whipped off the black plastic sheet to tip the contents. Something big, brown and furry leapt out. I screamed and it disappeared at the speed of light down the side of the brook. it was probably more terrified than I was.
And where were the cats ? ... yep ... stretched out and fast asleep in the poly tunnel.
Did you know that apparently, according to an environmental programme I watched, wherever you live, you are only four feet away from a rat.