White out

Today we have mainly been seeing white

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and a bit of orange

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May needs to be rationed

Actually, there may be people who live in a place where the year-round climate is like a May day in Wales. If so, I bet they don’t appreciate it.

Having come through six months of gales, mud, frost, snow and darkness we can appreciate it properly:

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Feeling the Heat

It is quite unusual, here in the West, to be walking without wellies and worrying about the sun.

Working our way through the Kingdoms…

All plants have no worries about the sun
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The more light the better
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and light and heat mean reaching for the skies
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All water turns green as plant life there multiplies
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and the invertebrates seem happy too.

The more sun, the more buzz
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and a chance to refuel for the flight home
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the Bumbles seem happy too
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Only when we reach the ducks do we find some hesitance
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Our nearest relatives
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start off finding the spot for maximum absorbtion
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before moving to the shade
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Who knows what sheep think
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Take me to the water

“Provide the habitat and the living things will come” has been a truism but now reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place

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a fascinating autopsy of the state of our wildlife does beg the response – ok, if it has somewhere to come from.

However, creating a pond and watching

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it fill with activity

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must be one of the most satisfying experiences ever.

Eighteen months ago it was a hole in the ground

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slowly filling up

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A year ago it was ringed by barren earth

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Two months ago it was frozen over

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Now it could almost be called mature

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Each day another water lily leaf surfaces

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trying to Monet-ise the water

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This pond, known as “The Lake” is pond number three. We inherited two and the water lilies come from a metre diameter tub which is crammed with them and…

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Newts

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Our bees

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come to The Lake to suck water from the moss at the edge

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Meanwhile pond number four awaits development in a completely different place

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Busy as bees

Our internet was down for two weeks and then when it was restored so much had happened and so many photos were in the pipeline we were paralysed in resuming this diary.

Today we inspected the bees.

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One event for which there are not many photos because when two people are managing a hive inspection there are not many hands left available for photography. This was after the event:

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where a clean-up operation was in progress where a honey-rich super had been sitting on this stand.

The weather has been so up and down that at times they have been very busy

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visiting the Lake for water

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while at others they have stayed indoors.

We have prepared a bait hive in case of swarming

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We are just glad they have made it through the winter as another structure has been appearing in the wood

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part of which is going to be a bee shed – all ready for honey extraction.

It is a shed of two parts as this earlier picture shows

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and the other part is not a dance floor

Here is a clue from earlier

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