A new back garden

Damn, why is that nettle growing on my Groundmans’ barrow? So, my new back garden. It’s certainly different, and so much better. It’s a huge relief to finally have the new flags laid in the back garden and front drive. Despite having excellent builders, it’s certainly been disruptive, and destructive. It’s all about omelettes and eggs I suppose. The borders stayed,…

How releases differ

I’ve lost count of how many creatures I’ve released recently. The little hog in Herbies’ hutch reached the perfect weight and is now back in the wild. Hedgehogs are sooooo easy…they just curl up in the undergrowth, or creep off, deeper and deeper into it. Releasing birds, however, is never straightforward. I’ve long since given up trying to predict what…

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Somehow, I’m always behind, blogging wise. Time to catch up, I think. Recently , I spent a day playing out in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, with good friends. This is a new urban project that is rejuvenating a derelict area, on the outskirts of the city. It’s all very bohemian, food stalls, bars and flea markets, the weirder the…

And so it begins

The time has come…The Walrus said…. I have to sort the back garden, once and for all. Clearly, a lawn is never going to work with three dogs hell bent on racing around, so it’s time to get rid of what’s left of it. As it’s a time of disruption, we decided to replace our flagged drive in the front…

RIP my little Herbie

Sadly, my little Herbie hedgehog died today. I’ve been looking after him for over six years now, and given he was an adult when he came in, that makes him at least eight. A few days ago I opened up his hutch and was startled to find a sickly youngster in there with him. People in the neighbourhood know Herbie…

A mini heatwave

Finally, it’s raining! I couldn’t be more happy. It’s been scorching hot around here, well by UK standards anyway. My pond has completed dried out and animals and plants are sulking and yearning for shade. On the farm at the rescue, Wilma has taken to holding up the wall, while Daisy and Maisy, along with their cockerel friend have retired…

Back to the wild

It’s all been about releasing animals this week. It’s so good to know that six fox cubs will be going back to the wild shortly. They will be given a soft release. Initially they are placed in a large pen in a safe rural location where they are fed. After a few weeks the cage door is left open, but…

Now the winds have dropped

The weather here has been pretty grim. Howling winds and heavy rain have taken their toll on the garden. This fabulous clematis is now battered and broken. At least I got to enjoy it in it’s prime. An awful lot of fruitlets have been blown off, but it’s still looking like a good year for the pears, apples, plums and…

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