What lovely neighbours we have and what a lovely way to share windfall apples.
Actually, we think this little chap is a frog. We found him near the shed in the back garden. Certainly made me jump!
Very pleased with my white and bluebells this year. The woods are full of miles and miles of beautiful blankets of bluebells.
Lovely garden visitor today to cheer us up in such gloomy weather. Our Song Thrush has puffed up his feathers to help keep him warm.
The crocus’ always look so delicate and fragile but they survive extreme frosts without a mark. They are a lot stronger than they look! They are one of my favourite signs that Spring is on its way.
Its beginning to feel a lot like winter…
The Frost performs its secret ministry,
Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry
Came loud – and hark, again! loud as before.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Look who visited us this morning! Its a Great Spotted Woodpecker and rather lovely.
I used a Nordic Wear tin shaped like an apple for this chocolate cake. I have lots of ideas for spiced apple cakes and Dorset apple cakes but as a trial run for a new cake tin chocolate worked wonderfully well.
It looked a lot like Autumn this morning with the mist hovering just above the field. On my way out I changed my mind as I saw I have daffodils out already, so it must be Spring! I am still hoping for snow…
We usually have the odd pheasant popping into the garden, there is always a robin and what seems like thousands of sparrows and at night we hear foxes, although I have never seen them.
This week we had a new visitor; a Barn Owl! He had an exciting stand off with the resident pheasants and although they won the fence it hasn’t stopped him returning and he has been back several times hunting in the field.
I found an abandoned and rather forlorn birds nest on the path while walking Luna today, I think it must have been pushed out of a tree as a little way along I found an empty egg shell with a very neat precise hole in it. I brought it home to take a photo as the construction is so beautiful.