Now that the eldest daughter is ensconced in her own home and ours is restored to some sense of order, I have finally found a bit of time to post on the blog. So this is a bit of a catch up.
We finally have frogspawn in the top pond, just when we were starting to get worried that they were going to give us a miss this year. Unfortunately the water is very muddy and cloudy, and so we have a rather an unedifying photo of a couple of the clumps. I had hoped to get a shot of a frogs but as usual all the frenetic splashing suddenly stopped when I got within a few feet of the pond. There’s no sign of any activity at all in the pond by the house.
Other news …..
A couple of weeks ago I looked out of our kitchen window and caught sight of our elderly neighbour at the top of a set of ladders. Yes, he was cutting down a rather fine birch tree with a bow saw! I had my heart in my mouth, I kept expecting to hear a crash as he fell to the ground. Mr Stoatie, who was on his way to work, went out to talk to him. It seems that the tree dropped very small leaves which ‘got into the lawn’ and so it had to come down! He has over the years removed all the large trees from his garden and most of the accessible branches of any neighbour’s tree that overhangs his boundary. He did actually manage to saw through the trunk – it took him a few hours – but had to get a company in to cut up the tree once it was down.
A picture of our poor garden. This is the race track formed by the daughter’s border collie, the lawn is actually just a sea of mud where it goes behind the conservatory. As you can tell by the state of the borders we have not been out there for a couple of months. I think we have our work cut out to get it into any sort of shape this year. The good news is that the photo was taken from our daughter’s room which has been transformed into a study once more, yay!
Our loft following the last big storm … we lost a chimney pot, a rather lovely ‘crown’ pot, which knocked off a ridge tile and broke two slates on the way down. We have had to drape everything in tarps until we get the go ahead for a repair. We had a lot of trees brought down locally – I counted six on the way to work. Interestingly a couple of these were actually snapped completely in half. The experience seems to have started a frenzy of tree felling and lopping, and quite a few more trees have come down since.
I am away this weekend at the Druid Gorsedd, hurrah! Mr Stoatie is dropping me off then having a couple of nights in the Scooby Van by himself. He’s hoping to do a long cycle ride - he’s in training for the Prudential 100!