I spotted my first lamb on the way to work this morning, which means Spring is definitely just around the corner 🙂
Last weekend Mr Stoatie and I took the netting off the ponds, we were spurred to action by Em’s sighting of ‘remote’ frogspawn, which you can read about on her blog Dartmoor Ramblings. We were disappointed to find only three hibernating frogs in the damp leaves rather than the normal 15-20. I’m hoping this doesn’t mean that our local population has crashed, maybe those herons did more damage than I thought!
We’ve actually had three consecutive days of dry weather, which meant besides sorting the ponds, we could walk about and assess how the garden is doing. One of my goals this year is to finally get it under some sort of control, at the moment it’s looking pretty awful. As well as the quagmire caused by the weather, the daughter’s dog has been digging up the beds and the lawn. I’ve stepped in a couple of tank traps in the dark and almost gone over. She’s also made a figure of eight race track around the garden complete with camber on the curved sections. I really don’t know what to do since she is going to be with us for a few more months yet, it’s pretty annoying as our own dogs are generally good little souls and don’t do much more than chew sticks.
I’m off work for a week now so I’m hoping to catch up on a whole shed full of stuff. I’ll keep you posted!