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JoesMum

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Sorry to hear you've not been well Linda, but glad you're feeling better now.
Lovely pics again - your garden's looking like a wildlife haven.
Any signs of hoglets yet?
I've had lots of bees and butterflies flitting about, and all my frogs are still here in spite of a neighbours cat watching them, I'm sure he watches my house to make sure I'm in bed and can't turn the hose on him. So going to have to get a motion activated sprinkler.
I've not seen any newts since one wandered onto my kitchen last autumn - hopefully he moved on safely.
No, we haven’t seen any hoglets :( We seem to have 3 regular adult visitors - 2 male and 1 female as far as I can make out - so I haven’t lost hope yet.

We have loads if bees, but fewer butterflies. The ines that are around at the moment are Holly Blues. I am hoping that my wildlflower seeding will encourage more over time.

Next door but one’s cat is obsessed with our frogs, but hasn’t caught one yet. We had a toad sat in the hedgehog water dish one evening last week :D

I keep looking for newts too, but haven found any either. We had one we found hibernating in leaves behind the shed last winter, but they don’t appear to have made it to the pond. Hopefully it didn’t become hedgehog dinner. Hedgehogs will eat newts and frogs!

We also got a glimpse of the badger on camera last week. It peeped under the fence but didn’t come in.
 

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Good mornooning all. Long time no see. Things got a bit busy and then I went down with a head cold. It’s been the full on, streaming day and night version, my covid test came back negative yesterday, which has left me feeling pretty sorry for myself. I seemed to turn the corner yesterday evening and can, more or less, breathe through both nostrils this morning. I still feel pretty tired though l

So what have I been up to?

On Friday 4th, JoesDad had a day off work and we went to the Big Cat Sanctuary’s open day. This event has been postponed twice since we got tickets for it in 2020. After a week of lovely weather, it all fell apart and we had torrential rain set in for the day. We lasted a couple of hours and then found a country pub where we could dry out over a very nice lunch.

White faced owl guarding a donations box
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White lions snoozing under their shelter while we got soaked
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We finally got son’s bedroom rearranged over the weekend, built the IKEA furniture and had an honesty session about what books we wanted to keep and which had to go. It needs new curtains and the pictures need sorting out, but it is an adult bedroom rather than a teenage boy‘s lair now :D

Then I was baby bird feeding again. I did three days in a row the previous week and did Monday and Tuesday this week before starting to feel unwell. The rest of the week passed in a fug of tissues and lemsip (and a good excuse to watch the French Open tennis non stop on tv :D )

Our garden is a mass of flowers now… both wildflowers and garden plants. We have so many bees of various kinds. The bee houses are being filled with next year’s generation; I’ll take some photos when I have more energy.
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Our pond which we dug at the end of March last year has matured nicely and we have loads of dragonflies and damselflies around. I noticed this morning that the tadpoles are finally starting to grow legs.
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And some of those dragonflies definitely emerged from our pond. It’s pretty cool that we have new life emrging in such a short time
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How awful!
I am so glad you are feeling a wee bit better now.
Your garden is just lovely!
All the beautiful colorful flowers!!
AMD those tigers at the sanctuary!
Holy cow!!!! Amazing!
Take it easy today and drink lots of tea!!
🙏❤️

Then you’ll be 💃 in no time!
 

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Very short video of a fox cub that wanted to get out of our garden, but had to pass a hedgehog having a drink to do so.

It was clearly terrified of the prickly thing 😂
I'd been wondering where you were. Glad it was only flu and nothing more serious.
 

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Good mornooning all. Long time no see. Things got a bit busy and then I went down with a head cold. It’s been the full on, streaming day and night version, my covid test came back negative yesterday, which has left me feeling pretty sorry for myself. I seemed to turn the corner yesterday evening and can, more or less, breathe through both nostrils this morning. I still feel pretty tired though l

So what have I been up to?

On Friday 4th, JoesDad had a day off work and we went to the Big Cat Sanctuary’s open day. This event has been postponed twice since we got tickets for it in 2020. After a week of lovely weather, it all fell apart and we had torrential rain set in for the day. We lasted a couple of hours and then found a country pub where we could dry out over a very nice lunch.

White faced owl guarding a donations box
View attachment 326979
White lions snoozing under their shelter while we got soaked
View attachment 326980
We finally got son’s bedroom rearranged over the weekend, built the IKEA furniture and had an honesty session about what books we wanted to keep and which had to go. It needs new curtains and the pictures need sorting out, but it is an adult bedroom rather than a teenage boy‘s lair now :D

Then I was baby bird feeding again. I did three days in a row the previous week and did Monday and Tuesday this week before starting to feel unwell. The rest of the week passed in a fug of tissues and lemsip (and a good excuse to watch the French Open tennis non stop on tv :D )

Our garden is a mass of flowers now… both wildflowers and garden plants. We have so many bees of various kinds. The bee houses are being filled with next year’s generation; I’ll take some photos when I have more energy.
View attachment 326981

Our pond which we dug at the end of March last year has matured nicely and we have loads of dragonflies and damselflies around. I noticed this morning that the tadpoles are finally starting to grow legs.
View attachment 326982

And some of those dragonflies definitely emerged from our pond. It’s pretty cool that we have new life emrging in such a short time
View attachment 326983
I love your garden and it looks irresistible to me let alone wildlife.🤗
 

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Hello again.
Today wasn't the sunny day we thought we were getting but it did reach about 69F and Lola spent more time out than in today and even lay in his large plant saucer of water for a while (just like in my avatar but with a much bigger saucer these days). Lovely to see him enjoying his garden.
Tomorrow we should get as high as 75F which I believe will make it the hottest day of the year.
I won't be spending too much time out in that as I don't like the heat and have to be careful of the sun now, which is just as well, because the neighbours have put their swimming pool up so it's not going to be pleasant. The heat lovers had better make the most of it 'cause the temps are set to drop back down to 62F by Thursday - much more comfortable.
Hope you're all having a good day.
 

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Burning the books would be quicker but at least by tearing the pages out I can recycle most of them.
Only way I can de clutter now I've turned over a new leaf!;)
I shall be taking a leaf out of your book (or rather out of mine) today :D

You just can’t leaf the puns alone can you Lyn?

Today I shall be making my beetle log pile. Some of the wood I have will be dug into the ground in the hope of getting Stag Beetles.

My daughter rescued a Stag beetle from the bedroom of her terrified flat mate last night. They’re huge, harmless and have a very poor sense of direction in flight
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I shall be taking a leaf out of your book (or rather out of mine) today :D

You just can’t leaf the puns alone can you Lyn?
No sorry I can't - it's bound to happen.:)

I've kept a lot of dead wood from my older weigela branches and plan on making a pile for insects in a shady spot I think I may need some bigger logs too.
 

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Did a quick walk about the garden. Lo & behold, the banana plantation is putting up yet another flower pod. Early stages they look like a mis-shapen ear of corn.

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The front garden is still flowering with Hostas & Astilbe. Leatrice & yellow Cone Flower just opening.
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Our Persimmon Tree is FULL of fruit as well. They are self selecting, so will drop a lot of fruit before they ripen in late October.
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Happy Sunday all… I decided to clean tortoise boxes today and when I raised the lid on the duplex, I was confronted by an angry water moccasin… I’ll not be reaching in the boxes from the little door anymore. He was up on the shelf that hold the thermostats snd I’d not have saw him through the tort entry :-(

that’s dealt with and now I’m expecting siblings for burgers snd pool time soon..
 

Lyn W

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Happy Sunday all… I decided to clean tortoise boxes today and when I raised the lid on the duplex, I was confronted by an angry water moccasin… I’ll not be reaching in the boxes from the little door anymore. He was up on the shelf that hold the thermostats snd I’d not have saw him through the tort entry :-(

that’s dealt with and now I’m expecting siblings for burgers snd pool time soon..
I just looked that up - a venomous water snake!!!:eek:
Thank goodness you looked first.

Have a good afternoon with the family.
 

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It has been a particularly noisy, foul mouthed day here but hopefully it's calmed down for the evening and I can go and do some garden stuff.
Lola is really enjoying soaking up the rays.
I hope you are all having a peaceful and/or fun Sunday where you are.
 
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