Photo of Frogspawn by David Forster of Bluestone Images
Much rejoicing in the Stoatie household today, as we finally have frogspawn in the smaller pond at the bottom of the garden. I’ve been out everyday checking, and getting more and more anxious, especially since I came down one morning just in time to see a heron catch a lovely plump frog. The dratted bird has been back a few times since, but I’ve not seen it get another so hopefully we have a few froggies left. The dogs have been outside a lot more now the garden is a bit drier so hopefully they have been acting as a deterrent. I think we’re going to have to invest in some sort of pond protection though in order to let the frog population recover!
We’ve had a week of dry weather up here and so we have begun raking up last years oak leaves and generally tidying up. There are so many that it will take a couple of weeks of green bin collections to sort them out, although Mr Stoatie is thinking of bagging them up and leaving them somewhere out of the way to become leaf mould. I’m not really keen, as it would mean bin liners lying about looking ugly for years. The snowdrops and crocus have been great this year, escaping the worst weather. The bluebells are a couple of inches up and the wild garlic is just showing enough to smell when you step on them. After years of trying to control it, I think the daughter’s dog may have trampled it into submission.