How in the...

The garden barges always have a lot of snails out after a rainstorm, and I take great delight in chucking them into the river with that satisfying “plop” sound (far better than the sickening “crunch” under your boots).

Somehow, one intrepid explorer snail managed to not only get onto our boat but actually inside it:

Snail up close

It also appears to be eating fluff of some sort. But that’s not the mindblowing part. Have a look at where I found him…

Snail on ceiling

That’s right, on the ceiling inside the bathroom off the saloon!! Somehow, this snail managed to crawl off the gardens onto the garden barge’s sidedecks, jump a several foot gap onto our boat (or perhaps climbed a mooring rope?) onto our side decks, over to the bathroom, climb up the exterior wall to the porthole (which is at head height!), through the open porthole, then further up the interior wall to the ceiling, and then several feet across the ceiling to where I found him. Even more surprising is that we’re still not even using this shower yet, so it’s not like the moisture would draw him in – it’s still full of plaster and building stuff while we wait for Nikolaj to diagnose our mysterious drip…

- posted by Melissa Fehr on 2 October 2008, 11:13 in