No not the clubs or wining & dining,just my garden which is becoming a refuge for animals !
Badgers have really made themselves at home though as yet I have not ventured into the garden at night to watch them. I cannot believe what efficient diggers they are ,this is just one of four holes & signs of more in the track leading to the field . Fortunately all along the border of my garden so not causing any problems.
This little chap emerged last week in broad daylight,not a good sign apparently,but s/he seemed fit & is an adult, scuttling scratching & eating for a while before going into the field.
Only when I uploaded this pic did I realise there’s something behind its ear, I’ve done a search & I can only assume those white/blue things house a parasite of some sort, click for a closer look.
Also in the past two weeks the 4 deer have emerged, amazing they must have been here all winter but they all but hibernate for months on end, it has been good watching change them shed their winter coats. Not good though when I found the new growth on my roses all chewed off !
Finally,I have finished opening up my view & now have a distance view from the house & can see my lovely trees beyond instead of an untidy row of wild rose,Hypericum & Elderberry. I’ve opened it up on the other side too.
Very soon the large Beech will be in leaf & the May tree will bloom.
I have a purple plum & enjoyed them so much last year I decided to plant a golden plum-tree this year,also raspberries,black & red current,sown Rocket,Chillies & red Chard seed , now we need some rain to get them all going.
Hopefully unlike last year we will have apples,very strange last year not one apple did I & others in the area, have.
Finally & at long last Frederic, the apiarist arrived to take away his ladder, I had begun to think it too would take root as it has been against the house for a year !!
Unfortunately his plan to get the bees from the roof/chimney pot/stone work failed,he’d built a wooden arrangement hoping the bees would relocate,but no, so to stop them entering the house he kindly brought his very heavy,tall ladder inside [ which a male friend & I had struggled with & failed to do] & filled the small hole they had made right up high in the ridge beam of my big room, having a vaulted ceiling has its draw backs, but anyway,hopefully now the bees can stay where they are & no longer be a problem to me.
Very kind of Frederic,this work was beyond any brief for the volunteer bee system, he wouldn’t accept any donation to a charity or a bottle of wine,saying it is a free service.