I actually started to drive very short distances last week, which was lovely, although am having to take it easy again this week - but even without the car, there is so much nature on my doorstep to enjoy! On Thursday last week I really fancied a short walk (that turned into a rather long - 2 hour - walk!) It was simply lovely - we found a new walk with beautiful views where we had never been before, and on the way we passed a field with a gorgeous, very friendly horse who came over to see us and wait patiently for us to feed him the long grass that was just out of his reach. The farmer noticed us feeding him and asked if we'd like to come and see his three orphaned black lambs - just too sweet, with their soft little noses!
While we were out I heard from the BHPS (British Hedgehog Preservation Society) - confirmation that I am booked onto a hedgehog first aid course I was hoping to attend. This was great news, as our garden is now very popular with the prickly ones, and I have decided to become a registered carer. Until then though, I've just been enjoying watching our healthy, happy visitors enjoying the food I put out every evening!
Also at the end of last week we received this year's batch of caterpillars for our butterfly garden. We've raised a batch every year since we started Home Ed now, and there's just something so fascinating about their life cycle - and something utterly delightful about releasing them to fly away at the end. Hopefully by waiting until May to start, we stand a good chance of having decent weather when it's time to release them.
the day after they arrived
propping the sunflowers up outdoors after they got all spindly
tomatoes... looking good so far
just one each of courgette, pepper and cucumber, and four little pea plants too...
Speaking of birds, while I was doing the gardening on Saturday, I noticed some blue tits flying to and from the nest box that I had thought was unoccupied...
seven wide mouths (and one adult blue tit tail)!
If you look at the nestling in the bottom right corner you can see that it's starting to grow little feathery tufts above its eyes :)
Here's the chick on the left having a good stretch, showing the first pin feathers coming through on its left wing
The biggest clue to the chicks' age being seven days old: the nestling on the right has tiny slits where it's starting to open its eyes!
So there we are! The forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) is a bit less conducive to outdoor activities, so we may be n the house more - but if it does rain, it will encourage me to rest, which is needed - plus it'll be good for the garden, and will bring all the bugs out for the blue tits to feed their babies, so it's all good! Here's looking forward to further updates, particularly regarding our family of nestlings!