Yesterday I spent some time spreading metal swarf around my workshop floor.
The weather is warming up as we enter spring in Australia.
My workshop is on a farm, and we have tiger snakes. The authorities have warned us to expect more snakes than usual, due to the particular weather conditions this year. I saw 2 snakes on the road leading to the farm. And my neighbour visited me to inform me that he had spotted a 2 meter long, fat tiger disappearing into the freestone wall at the front of my property. That is a very big tiger, even allowing for a bit of exaggeration! Even baby tigers can kill.
And in recent years I have encountered tigers twice – IN my workshop. Both times were after I had swept the floor.
So now, I spread the sharpest, nastiest swarf that I can find, all over the workshop floor. To make the snakes feel unwelcome. So far, so good this season.