Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Augustus in the Hole


This little chap lives in the connection box for our vegetable garden hose. He's only about the size of a €2 or £2 coin. He comes and goes. Somehow he manages to clamber up the hose connection and squeeze through the gap between the hose and the box lid. I open the box every evening to open the valve and start watering: sometimes he's there, sometimes he's gone off a-mollocking or whatever it is that toads do.

He shares his home with some rather nasty little beetles.

We have to find a suitable name for him, one that he will respond to when called. 'Augustus' has already been suggested elsewhere recently, and I'm happy with that for now. In the longer term, however, I'm relying on your inventiveness. Please be sensible and practical. The naming of toads is no frivolous matter.

18 comments:

Z said...

It's not the only time I've mentioned toads -
http://razorbladeoflife.blogspot.com/2008/05/toadying-brooding-and-toddling.html

You could call him Gusto for short.

Christopher said...

Gutso? I've only ever seen him catch and eat one flying ant.

Z said...

Gus To, dear man.

There's a toad called Toby here
http://melsdream.blogspot.com/2011/08/toby-toads-hideaway.html

Christopher said...

Ah. Sorry.

*cleans glasses*

Gusto.
Toby.
Gustoby, even.

Yes, we're doing well.

Hector said...

My mother used to make a wonderful Toad in the Hole - yum, yum. I think I can still find the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Dave said...

I think this kind of thing is best left to Rog.

Dave said...

Bufo, for the classically-inclined.

Tim said...

That's not a toad. Toads are bloated and ugly, and hog around B roads in oversized antique cars and eventually get their comeuppance (whilst of course managing to be irresistably lovable in the process) ...
That's a froggy who would a wooing go. Bit of a loser really, though, isn't he, in the circs?

Rog said...

Sorry, the best suggestion I can off is "Sandals" for the little chap. When you look under the cover of your water connection just think "open toad sandals".

Mike and Ann said...

You could call him RAC-in case he ever has to be toad home.

broken biro said...

Have you Beast-toad a name on the little chap yet? Hope you Ve-toad some of the suggestions here - do you think they've pla-toad?

Sir Bruin said...

How about Geoff? I could join in with the pun - related naming, but I'm supposed to be working. Anyway, he looks like a Geoff.

Z said...

As long as he isn't Pigeon Toad.

Mike and Ann said...

But he looks as if he is, Z. Most toads are. I think that's the perfect name for him - Pigeon, because he's not only pigeon chested, he's pigeon Toad.

Tim said...

Have you bestowed the best toad name award yet?

Geoff said...

You could name him after Steinbeck's Tom Toad.

Friko said...

Kröte, of course. What else.

or cretral, which is the word verification ! hm, cretin?

letouttoplay said...

John Bunion.
I do like his little star-like feet.