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Oscillating Seasons…

We’ve had the snow lasting from Boxing Day to a couple of days ago in sub-zero temps, then temperature up to 12degC and now back down to 2degC this morning (3rd Jan)  – drizzly but yesterday sunshine yesterday with a wind chill taking apparent temperature below zero. It’s all a bit confusing both for me and the garden. Update 5th – chilly still – max of around 5degC.
The broad beans seem to have survived ok but it’s clear I now have to tackle the perennials as the remaining growth has been zapped by the frosts.
Plus, of course, the weather has prevented any work in the garden over the Christmas period but sooner or later I’ll have to tackle some of the jobs….

Broad bean seedlings in the snow

Broad bean seedlings in the snow

Wildlife

The birds appreciated the snow going and were really active the day or so afterwards but now back to the normal levels of activity. No sign of the squirrel again as yet. In the greenhouse the annual me versus the mice campaign has started with me 1 and mice zero so far…. (update – 2 mice)

Here are some pics from the trail cam recently (still haven’t sorted out the videos)

Mouse at night

Mouse at night

Unwelcome Magpie

Unwelcome Magpie

Dunnock (they hop in & out of 'cage' without worrying

Dunnock (they hop in & out of ‘cage’ without worrying

Dunnock on patio feeding point

Dunnock on patio feeding point

Collared doves

Collared doves

Blackbird - probably trying to work out how to get in the cage

Blackbird – probably trying to work out how to get in the cage

Thrush puzzling about cage (did eventually get in)

Thrush wondering about the cage (did eventually get in)

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