I hope you like these pictures of my garden.
The fishpond is definitely the best part.
Here the fish are diving round and round
through the jet. We put the hose in when there is not enough water.
The fish like the movement in case any flies and snacks are getting
Fish enjoying a slice of bread. This would be
accompanied by a lot of kissing sounds as they suck the soggy pieces
off the bread! Sometimes they get their mouth round a piece and
twist themselves round to break it off. Most of the time they get
proper fish food.
The goldfish do not come up much in cold
weather. The way to count goldfish is to throw some bread in and
take a photo.
The frogs come every year and lay their spawn.
After a while they disappear again. They eat flies and slugs so they
are good friends. I counted 22 one year and their croaking was very
loud. This frog has jumped up onto the granite rock and is about to
dive into the pond. We leave space below the netting so that the
frogs can always get in and out. We are very careful when gardening
because frogs hide in the damp places under plants.
Here are my starlings having a bath. There was
not much water left at the end of that! I like starlings because
they are not afraid of anything. But sometimes they all fly up if
the fish make a sudden splash.
Sparrows seem to prefer the smaller birdbath, which is
shallower. They like to bathe together, because they feel it is
safer with more pairs of eyes watching out.
Here is my bluetit nestbox that we made from bits of planks (see my
Diary entry). Only the blue tits can
get in and it's a long way down inside, so the babies are safe. We
are letting the leaves grow up to hide the box but leaving the front
clear. You must never have a
perching stick on a nest box because it helps other birds that the
blue tits don't want there.
You can make a nest box
from just one plank of wood, with a diagram from the Royal Society for
Protection of Birds:
Brown Teddy said he thought RSPB meant Robins
Sparrows Pigeons and Blackbirds!
This pretending well makes a good bird drinking place. It's supposed
to be a wishing well, but I never wish, instead I like to invent
things for myself. It was my idea to fill the bottom in with cement
so that it would hold water. This photo was taken when we had just
redone that bit of the garden. Now everything is covered with plants
and flowers. When my favourite plants start growing in the gravel, I
don't really want to pull them out.
This Peacock Butterfly is resting on a warm
piece of granite stone. They like warm places to rest and flowers
with lots of nectar. They really like Buddleia flowers, which is
also called Butterfly Bush. I had to creep up very slowly to take
We always have lots of bees on the big
cotoneaster bush, although the flowers are very small. They are only
interested in the nectar, so I can get quite close and they ignore
me. You have to be quick taking the photo as the bees don't stay on
one flower very long. I remember the bees when I am admiring all the
red berries later in the year. NEVER NEVER eat garden berries!
When I stand at the top of the steps, it makes me feel really
tall looking down at the bottom part. The frogs and blackbirds like
to wander around under the bushes where they can't be seen. The
rocks and stones are good hiding places for snails.
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