A woman is trying to crack the case of why dozens of eggs have ended up in buried her garden over the last year.
Rose Ritchie, 78, was shell-shocked, to say the least, when she was weeding only to stumble on an egg.
The same happened only weeks later when she spotted a shell in a plant pot.
The eggs, which seem to be store-bought chicken eggs, have been popping up for months since in her at her home in Studley, a village in Warwickshire.
She first thought the eggs were stones or eggs from a wild bird only to clock that they were stamped with different dates, like one egg she found by her pond.
‘At first, I thought a fox might have stolen them from a hen house and hidden them here for another time,’ she said.
‘Then I saw they had the Lion mark on them meaning they must have been bought from a shop.’
Rose initially chalked them up to being from the local Tesco but the eggs continued to appear even after it closed down.
‘They’ve turned up everywhere and sometimes they are very well hidden,’ she said.
Rose’s family tried posting about the eggs on Facebook to see if anyone had any ideas why they kept materialising.
While users suggested that an animal may be swiping eggs from a shop and stashing them in her garden, one said it might be a prankster or even witchcraft.
‘It’s an amusing mystery but I’d love to know the truth,’ Rose said, adding that she’s setting up cameras to catch whoever – or whatever – is planting the eggs.
‘I don’t think it’s a prank because most of the eggs have been found in the back garden which is gated so someone would have to climb over each time.
‘Someone even suggested that it’s a type of witchcraft whereby eggs are left at people’s homes to steal their happiness.
‘I don’t really believe that theory. I personally think it must be an animal or a bird which is stealing the eggs from a supermarket on a fairly regular basis.
‘The eggs are always unbroken and have stamps on them.
‘We never eat them, instead, I’m careful not to break them and I put them in the bin.’
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