Yesterday my friends and I spent a most enjoyable time rooting and exploring. We uncovered the first violets in the dry leaves on the bank and spent a good couple of hours counting primrose petals in the primrose patch. They usually have five petals, but sometimes have six - or more. It is very rare to find four. So we had a competition and Mrs Pippy found a whole plant of primroses, half of which had six petals. We awarded her the prize. Then Truffle bustled through with a fuss and a noise and made us follow her to a small root with only three blossoms on - one of which had just four petals! We were in awe! But on careful inspection it looked rather as if one had been awkwardly removed - as if by a yank of a beak. We eyed it suspiciously and moved on.
We went to the pond too and around the edges were lots of frogs and toads. Doing what frogs and toads do at this time of the year. There were clumps of frogspawn that had risen to the suface to catch the warmth of the sunshine and strings of eggs wound around the stems of the water weed - toadspawn. One of the frogs had red legs and arms and matched the clay soil perfectly. We asked Kizzie to take a photo for our diary and she precariously tottered over the busyness - we will show you if it is clear enough, the light on the water was very bright.
Have a good Monday everyone! Gordon x