Today was feeling distinctly warmer, with the car thermometer reading 16 degrees Celcius outside and the conservatory thermometer reading 22 degrees inside. The spirit is lifted.
In a flurry of excitement I went out and cut the lawn whilst Rosie was baking a cake. The grass was in need of a cut and I emptied a full mower bin 6 times over into the brown recycle bin.
I only did the back lawns as the front one is not nearly so much in need of a cut. The next challenge of the season will be to clear out the greenhouse, which I have been using as a dumping ground over the winter. I shall soon need it to put out my seedlings which are germinating in trays under the settee in the conservatory.
I cleaned out the pond yesterday of all the dead leaves and twigs from the winter. A single frog and a single newt were returned to the water as the leaves came out. Now that the weather is warmer, we are seeing more frogs. Rosie counted 6 and I later counted 9.
This pond is the only secure breeding water for some distance and I expect to see many more frogs over the next few days. Most are still in winter dark brown, but a couple have started to change pigment to show the paler summer colouration.