Today we have mainly been seeing white
and a bit of orange
It is quite unusual, here in the West, to be walking without wellies and worrying about the sun.
Working our way through the Kingdoms…
“Provide the habitat and the living things will come” has been a truism but now reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place
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
it fill with activity
must be one of the most satisfying experiences ever.
Eighteen months ago it was a hole in the ground
slowly filling up
A year ago it was ringed by barren earth
Two months ago it was frozen over
Now it could almost be called mature
Each day another water lily leaf surfaces
trying to Monet-ise the water
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…
come to The Lake to suck water from the moss at the edge
Meanwhile pond number four awaits development in a completely different place
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.
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:
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
visiting the Lake for water
while at others they have stayed indoors.
We have prepared a bait hive in case of swarming
We are just glad they have made it through the winter as another structure has been appearing in the wood
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
and the other part is not a dance floor
Here is a clue from earlier