Tuesday, 17th August 2004
There's a whirr of wings as I walk into the greenhouse this evening. A blue tit whizzes past my ear like a ball of feathers shot from a catapult.
Has it been searching for spiders around the top of the sliding door? (Which would be a good place to look, as I find an orbweb spun across the door frame every morning when I go to open the windows).
Or has it discovered that by perching on the rail at the top of the sliding
door, tucked in under an aluminium fitting, it can roost sheltered from
all the rain we've been having?
rain showers, a small blackish toad was out on the lawn
this morning near the pond and this evening a yellowish frog
is hopping around the patio.
On all the plants some of the leaves are now looking curled and blotchy, they might have a virus, but this doesn't seem to stop them cropping. You can't buy anything quite like a homegrown tomato in the shops.
We've grown basil from seed and its strident taste goes well with a tomato salad.
Our cucumber has done well too and is still producing large fruits.
Richard Bell, email@example.com