Windmill was amazing today. It is as if the whole natural world has decided that it is Spring, and is preparing for it. Daffodil leaves under the trees are well up, the primroses are in flower and the whole place was alive with bird song. We were delighted to see a flock of long-tailed tits which flew about excitedly in the plum trees, like fluff balls on sticks. As their name suggests, their tail-feathers are long - longer than their bodies in fact. We like a bird that has a name which makes it easy to spot!
(small frog was camera shy!)
Not everything was up and about. We found a pair of frogs enjoying a cosy spot in the leaf-mould bin, so we changed our plans to give them a bit of peace and quiet. But a lot of things seem to be taking a chance on the weather. We've actually had so little frost that last year's marigolds are still in flower! Now we are crossing our fingers that we don't get a massive cold snap like last year, because it meant a lot of birds in our area losing their early broods.
|Marigolds in flower in January!
With all the gorgeous music going on from the tree tops and the bushes, everyone had to keep stopping just to enjoy it, but we still got lots done. Hassan and Joyce did a splendid job of picking up the last of the leaves, which Chris used to re-stuff Brian, our snail leaf-sculpture. New volunteer Andrew learned how to use a bow-saw under the watchful eye of Mark, and has helped us to re-stock our wood shed after the Lohri Festival last week. Lizzy joined us just in time to help Tracey show us some new ways to foil the ninja mice that eat any peas we plant in the polytunnel. Keep an eye out in the photos for some clever tricks and for a different egg-box planting method to the one we used last year. We'll keep you posted on the success or failure.
|Mark shows Andrew how to
use a bowsaw
|Egg box planting - cut a flap out of the top
and cover with foil.
|Fill with compost
|Put a pea in the top of each egg section, then press in lightly
and cover with a more compost so they are about 1cm below
|Place in hanging basket so mice
can't get the peas. Angle so that
the foil faces south to maximise
light when peas sprout.
|Another "mouse proof" idea.