Froggie Went A’Courtin~

Either Mrs Toad is expecting, or she is feasting on far too many bugs! She is over 5 inches long and quite chubby.

Dragon, the fly, needs to keep his distance, because Mrs T can spring into action quite suddenly.

Mrs T is a clever critter, who waits patiently at the right time of day for the drip line to start emitting precious water, providing needed relief for an overheated toad on hot summer days.

T is a California Western Toad, a threatened species of ‘special concern,’ due to die offs caused by fertilizer contamination, disease, and habitat destruction.

Western Toads are terrestrial, and we have a thriving colony of them inside The Holler fences.

Cheers to you & happy weekend from the comfortably chubby, and quite toadish, Mrs Toad~

236 thoughts on “Froggie Went A’Courtin~

  1. Oh, you do mean terrestrial! Burl Ives is my earliest recollection, but seemingly EVERYONE has recorded it. Quite a history. “Its first known appearance is in Wedderburn’s Complaynt of Scotland (1548) under the name “The Frog cam to the Myl dur”, though this is in Scots rather than English. There is a reference in the London Company of Stationers’ Register of 1580 to “A Moste Strange Weddinge of the Frogge and the Mouse.” There are many texts of the ballad; however the oldest known musical version is in Thomas Ravenscroft’s Melismata in 1611.” … “According to Albert Jack in his book “Pop Goes the Weasel, The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymes” (pp. 33–37, copyright 2008), the earliest known version of the song was published in 1549 as “The Frog Came to the Myl Dur” in Robert Wedderburn’s “Complaynt of Scotland”. He states that in 1547 the Scottish Queen Consort, Mary of Guise, under attack from Henry VIII, sought to marry her daughter Princess Mary (later Mary Queen of Scots), “Mrs. Mouse” to the 3 year old French Prince Louis, the “frog”. The song resurfaced a few years later, with changes, when another French (frog) wooing caused concern—that of the Duke of Anjou and Queen Elizabeth I in 1579. Elizabeth even nicknamed Anjou, her favorite suitor, “the frog”.” –Wikipedia. Who knew?!

    1. I was going to copy bits of this back to you, as I started to read, because I was astounded, but there were too many astonishing bits to copy!
      I love all the bits of this.
      “The most strange wedding of the frog and the mouse,” 1580.
      This is a wedding I would so joyously attend. Not like a human wedding at all. British in feeling, but no need to wear a hat, whether or not, you were the frog or the mouse.
      Those canny, by necessity, English and Scottish, soon to be dead Queens, obviously watched frogs, and is this where the derogatory term for French men, “frogs,” comes from?
      Who knew?
      Simply wonderful.
      Toads (and their cousins frogs) apparently have croaked their way into our (un?) consciousness.
      Thank you so much for this.
      🐸 <3

    1. She, Mrs T, is here right now, as it is night. I have turned on the drip irrigation, off schedule, to accommodate her. She is a toad worthy of accomodation. I suspect all toads are such 🐸

  2. Hi Cindy. Yikes! That seems a tad large for a toad (but I wouldn’t know). She’s quite impressive with the complimentary color of her eyebrows. Yes, she was ready for her close up, Ms. DeMille!
    The detail you captured on the dragonfly is amazing. A gorgeous photo, worthy of framing. Hugs to you and everyone at the Holler.

    1. Mrs T and I thank you for such a lovely comment Teagan & sends you cheers and wishes for a happy weekend. All of us over here and very much enjoying the continuing adventures of Hullabaloo Lulu!

  3. Your holler is a hub for fascinating critters. And you make even Chubby T a celebrity on the endangered species list. Thank you for including me among the ugly observers of your stellar photos of T at the dripline.

    1. Hugs to you Patricia, and if the Russians keep sending me outlook spam, I will send an army of Mrs T toads to croak them to death 😉 😉 🐸🐸🐸🐸

  4. Let’s hope then, that she (and her offspring) will survive. Great shot of the dragon Fly.
    Have a wonderful weekend, too,

    1. Yes, I am watching Mrs T every night now, along with Valentine the owlet. Everything should be fine, as long as the Valentine doesn’t start watching Mrs T! 🐸

    1. Well he rode up to Miss Mousey’s door, uh-huh
      He rode up to Miss Mousey’s door, uh-huh
      He rode up to Miss Mousey’s door
      Gave three loud raps and a very big roar, uh-huh
      Said, “Miss Mouse, are you within?” uh-huh
      Said he, “Miss Mouse, are you within?” uh-huh
      Said, “Miss Mouse, are you within?”
      “Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin, ” uh-huh
      He took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
      Took Miss Mousey on his knee, uh-huh
      Took Miss Mousey on his knee.
      Said, “Miss Mousey, will you marry me?” uh-huh

      Miss Mousie married him because he was toadally persuasive.

      1. Brilliant!!!And they lived happily ever after. There are many stories in the Holler and I look forward to every one that shows up in my reader. Hugs coming your way.

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous toad & the dragon fly is to eat for!!! LOL! Cindy, I don’t speak Toad, but I speak Frog… so a good RIBBIT to you, and to all a RIBBIT night!

  6. Whatever all she is finding to eat makes her look more lethargic than energetic. She definitely has had a diet rich in calories. 🙂 Maybe the dragon fly will be safe, for the moment.

  7. Yes, life is best lived in the moment, and I think Mrs T eats as if she is living her last moment. Smart for a toad 🐸 But the Dragon🐉, the Fly, is even smarter, as he is ancient, and has lived here forever, so he knows some things Mrs T does not.

  8. Hopefully, Mrs Toad is just expecting a large family of little toads. Love the shot of the dragon fly. There are many in my friend, Sabine’s back yard that are the same color. Fertilizers should all be organic matter, noting else. When will folks figure that out? ;( Keep taking care of the little creatures. You have such a big heart.

    1. It doesn’t seem like some folks may ever figure it unfortunately for all of us creatures on this planet. It takes a big <3 to recognize one, and you my friend, most certainly do too <3 🐸

  9. Ups, I didn’t mean to leave without wishing you a wonderful day from the
    The Fab Four of Cley, almost evening here now. Xx 🙂 Xx 🙂

    1. Ahhh, thank you. Creative people like you, my friend, are the reason I like to blog. I don’t use any filters. I don’t actually like them. I just have lots of zoom capability on my camera, and I am good at cropping, which brings us all, even closer.

      1. Ahaaaaaaa, the old zoom! Lol. Well, you are a professional photographer (whether you think so or not, lol) so naturally you have a great camera. I recently purchased that macro lens to attach to my phone. I haven’t used it yet., so that’s why I asked. 🙂 xx

  10. You’re so lucky to have this colony. She’s magnificent! If I were a creature of any description I would hope to land in the refuge that you provide.

  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I love sharing Cindy Knokes fabulous photographs of the critters that she shares The Holler with.. today certainly a little change from the delicate humming birds and fluffy owlet, but a creature who is equally precious, especially as the California Western Toads are endangered. She may not look like a supermodel but that face is very cute.. just watch out Mr. Dragonfly as Mrs. T. is light on her feet and has a long tongue….

  12. The mysterious richness and variety of life never ceases to . . . (no one word fits). But really, Mrs T is interested in that little red dragon??

  13. Your photograph of the dragonfly is exceptional, Cindy. I know what it takes to photograph a dragonfly and the details on this one are mind-blowing. Thank you for sharing! 🌹

    1. I hear you, but honestly, they put human made high tech stuff to shame. No human could build something so delicate, so intricate, so perfectly evasive, and aerodynamic, that is actually alive, and has been so for 300 million years.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed seeing Ms. Toad. I had a toad hijack ia ride in my suitcase without my knowledge from South Africa to Europe. When I opened my case, she hopped right out the window. I always wondered if there would be a European African Toad sub-colony due to her arrival!! 😉 😉

  14. Beautiful photos of the toads and dragonfly, Cindy. A dragonfly landed on my hand one day and I spoke to it. It stayed on my hand for a few minutes and appeared to be listening to me. My husband snapped some photos. It was amazing. It put it on my blog. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Hugs xx

    1. Yes. I know. These creatures know more than many of us wish to admit. Butterflies and bees do this with me, but a dragonfly is pretty amazing! Never happened to me. If I were you, I would be honored, which I expect you were, for good reason <3

      1. Yes, I was! I thought of it as my mother visiting me in a way. She was fascinated by dragonflies and hummingbirds as I am. All I did was put my hand out to it and it came. I was thrilled. ♥️

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