Trying to keep the owl out of the attic

If you had a trap door into your attic that was in your living room, and it was a wood frame with SCREEN on it, and it was situated very nicely, directly beneath a lovely beam, perfect for a perch, and you had a friendly neighborhood owl or two living in your attic, dropping less than lovely items on your living room furniture, what would you do???  You see in this photo our gardener, Antonio, up on the roof, blocking the owl’s access into the attic.  We thought that would work.  The first few mornings, around about his/her normal landing with scrabbling claws on tin time of 5 am, it seemed that the wire fences worked.  But, no, the owl still gets in and continues to live in the attic.  Instead of doing away with this natural predator (which I must confess was my leaning) of snakes and rodents (which I hate worse than early morning noise and droppings in my house), we decided to put a primeval torture device on the beam over the  trap door.  Our buddy, Karl Noren, devised a way to have a bunch of nails sticking up from that particular part of the beam, so, no more perching above the trap door, therefore no more droppings on the armchair!  Hurrah!  No bloodshed!  Hurrah!  Well, except for those rats and mice and reptiles, ugh, that dare to get in the way of our “pet” owl!

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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