So to celebrate getting to the 100th day of the year and the 100th picture and comment for the year I am sure something more exciting than a old plastic crate. However this is now my next project for the garden. A colleague was talking about their micropond attracting wildlife in their garden and that they now had frogspawn in it. This set me wondering to how to create a similar haven in my garden. Cue a search of the internet and something made of solid plastic that won’t rot seemed ideal. So, the plan is to line this crate, sink it to ground level, put in some levelling for shallow access and some plants and have some rocks etc around the edge to hide the plastic. I’ll let you know later in the year how this all works out.
No, I’m not moving, despite the meaning of the phrase. However I have quite literally been pulling up sticks. These ones formed the animal deterrent by being stuck en masse into the new flowerbed I created towards the end of last summer. They seem to have done a fairly good job and there’s only been a couple of times where I’ve seen evidence of some digging. The flowers and plants are now establishing themselves and I’m hoping with that with the area having been difficult to walk though, that the foxes and squirrels continue to leave it alone.
There was more snow overnight but once it had stopped it was clearly play time for others. I’m not an expect on who’s prints these are, but given the visitors I know I have to the garden they are likely to be either squirrels or foxes. Given the foxes often come out and play at night and the number of them I’m leaning towards them rather than the squirrels, but whatever they were, they were clearly having a lot of fun.
The weather has been unusually cold of late as previous posts have indicated. When I check on my water feature there was probably about 4 or 5 inches of ice. There have been reports of canals and areas of the sea frozen. So unsurprisingly the village duck pond was frozen too. There was however a small oasis for the ducks and other water fowl to have a dip in, chilly as it may have been.
Back to my regular walk along around the local pond at lunchtime. The weather has been cold here recently. Even by lunchtime today it was cold enough for the pond still to be frozen and the local wildlife was left to be skating rather than swimming.
So it’s unfortunately that the first day after the DSLR has stopped working is one where I really need a decent zoom and I don’t think the phone camera gives the best quality when zoomed in, so I’m sorry about that. Another photo from my regular lunchtime walk around the local duck pond. The photo says it all and it just made me smile. Reminds me a bit of the scene in Finding Nemo with the gulls all crying ‘Mine’. I’ve no idea if there are any fish in the duck pond. Maybe later in the year I’ll stand nearer the edge (a bit too muddy at the moment) and have a look and report back. Speaking of which, most of the geese have now moved on, but there are still a few left.
On my lunchtime walk I managed to get this picture on my phone. I was expecting the bird (a black-head gull I believe, but with it’s winter plumage) to fly away as I approached. When it didn’t I took the opportunity to get the camera (well phone) out and take this slightly comedic picture. I will be checking tomorrow to see if the is a bird flying around with a parking ticket attached.