We have just looked back at our photos from a year ago and they are very similar to those we have taken this week. The thing is, a year is plenty long enough to forget so we can go round marvelling at new things.
One thing we do remember from year to year is the challenge of finding space for all the tomato plants we want to grow on. We sow loads of seeds and then find it hard not to find a home for every plant.
Other sights that have made us exclaim at something new (at least since last year)
We end a day which is just like before but different in every way.
But we can’t but be sorry to find one woodpecker dead on the ground – sparrow hawk presumably but must have been disturbed.
When one concentrates on how trees and shrubs are changing day by day the sheer bulk of stuff that is being created out of thin air is amazing – if it was being done on a 3D-printer people would be impressed – here it is being done with no visible raw materials and no visible means of construction.
As an embellishment strange coloured shapes erupt:
Spring came late and then everything seemed to happen very fast.
Now, bearly one week into June, fruits are forming.
Other recent sights…
(We have some Welsh French beans – seed given to us by the National Botanical Garden of Wales which have germinated well and are awaiting planting out)
During the last Winter, more than previously, spin-offs from the starling flocks ate a lot of our poultry food. Some groups are netted but for the others we have decided buying treadle feeders, where the lid is opened by the hens or ducks, is now economic.
There seems to have been more moths about this year, both day-flying and nocturnal.
Reading about the Scarlet Tiger it does not seem to be widespread and prefers wetlands – well I suppose Wales normally counts as a Wet Land. It does seem to like comfrey, of which we have a lucious patch, so maybe that is why it visited.