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Battening the Hatches

Thursday 2nd March 2000

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rain clouds RAIN CLOUDS scud across a dull grey sky. The wind ripples the pond, as do the Frogs, who are still waiting hopefully - we have yet to see the first clump of frogspawn.

snowdrops The Snowdrops, now past their peak, bob their heads like an excited crowd.

Kessie stands at the door of her stable eating hay. the Fantails shelter as best they can, in and on their barrel nestbox.

the stable and ivy covered ash Time for me to batten down the hatches and work indoors. As part of an effort ot bring some order to my studio I fix a bolt to the hatch to the roof-space. It's a job I've been intending to do for, ooh, about 16 years, the kind of thing you save for a rainy day. I hope that stops it clattering and flying off during storms.

Kessie Kessie has had enough of the shelter of the stable and she's off galloping with skittish abandon up the field.

hellebore Hellebore is a plant once thought to cure madness. Two species of it are now in flower in the garden.

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

E-mail; 'richard@daelnet.co.uk'

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