|Round the front whilst I was doing some supervisory gardening, |
actually these photos were taken about a week ago.
|Unfortunately using leaf mould as a soil conditioner meant that goosegrass seeds |
in it had germinated and were swamping many plants.
|Rosemary, Daffies, Euphorbias, and Hallie.|
|Aubretia starting into flower, growing through a Lavender.|
|A variegated Pieris.|
|These are from a week or so ago - Green Woodpecker at the top, |
with Mr Chaffinch below, both taken through the kitchen window.
|First hints of green on the willow trees.|
|First Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly of the year feeding on a dandelion.|
|This is when my superzoom PowerShot SX50 comes in handy! |
I can still get half reasonable butterfly photos.
|Forsythia, Peach blossom, Weeping Willow and Harry's bum.|
|Pretty in pink - Peach blossom.|
|Celandine and a black cat silhouette!|
|Hallie and Bertie accompanying me through the woodland paths.|
|Blossom in the woodland - a Prunus of some sort.|
|Not sure if it is Damson, Bullace or Blackthorn, although it doesn't have thorns. |
It has never had fruit so no way to ID it that way.
This next photo requires some explanation. We are missing a white duck and this looks like the kill zone, although I don't see any blood. What's surprising is that there is no trail of feathers, nor any body anywhere. We strongly suspect a fouine (stone marten), for several reasons. One, because one was seen a few months ago, and if you remember, we found Doris' headless corpse around the same time. My OH also found the end of a seep hose that had been around some raspberries and blackberries, out on the lawn, in two pieces. He said he couldn't remember leaving the end on the grass after removing two blackberry plants, as it looked like he'd mowed over it. However the next day the seep hose was discovered in many pieces, with tooth marks around the ends. Fouines have a tendency to chew through things like this, particularly wires and cables they can get at under cars!
We have to assume that Freckles, the last of our original ducks bought in March 2007, was ailing or died, and the opportunist fouine got her. So far we've only lost weak or sick ducks, as given the ducks never stray more than a leap from the water now, it's fairly easy for them to escape predators by swimming off on the water. It's a bit sad and a shame and I hope she didn't suffer, but as they refuse to come into the shed to safety at night, we can't do much about it. Poor old Freckles, she lasted a good old time. The last time I saw her she was bathing and splashing in the water looking happy. I think Dirk had just given her a seeing to! :-)
|Rubbish zoomed in Roe Deer photo, but we were really pleased to see two of them briefly |
in the field next to the veg patch.
Expect plenty more photos, as apart from supervisory gardening, there's not a lot I can do outside at the moment except walk around to get exercise and fresh air..... and take photos! And the weather is at last warm and wonderful. :-)