The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Pedley's Ponderings

Toad Hole


April 15, 2021

The editor's 3-year-old son, Oliver, proudly shows off a new warty friend pulled from the "toad hole." The critter was well disguised on this stick, which Oliver quickly dubbed his "toad stick."

There's a magic hole in our backyard that's been spewing riches beyond anyone's wildest dreams this spring. That is, if you're a 3-year-old boy obsessed with animals.

We've got a magic toad hole. The opening in question is an old tile previously used to funnel basement water away from our 104-year-old Ocheyedan home before we took ownership. We use a different option now, and I forgot about the crevice until recently when it began producing warty amphibians.

The opening to the tile now sits in our makeshift fire pit. Since it's filled with ash, I think our friendly neighborhood toads find...

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