Taking note of nature

Tiger moth

It’s the time of year again. Not just Lego pieces to avoid as I vacuum our floors.

Our garden is filling up with new life and it spills into our house as well.

I am also reminded that life may feel full, but, as if by magic, more can be crammed into the sides. My to-do list grows, but items are ticked off too.

So much happening that if I don’t take the photos, then I might just forget how full it is.

Not that I am moaning. Not one bit. Each year we look forward to the mass arrival of the toadlets. Almost as keenly as our grass snakes and blackbirds wait for them. We just need to remember to keep the back door shut, otherwise the toadlets move in too.

(BL was thrilled to find a contented curled-up grass snake. It was right in the middle of one of the toadlets’ favoured routes through our garden)

Additional for this year, a colony of bats has decided to roost in our attic. Not sure when they moved in, but we know it is recent.

Including their young who invade more than the attic. More explanation on AJ’s blog.

Everywhere I look there is more.

I feel slightly overwhelmed and need these photos to remind me.

Apparently, my camera’s memory card is overwhelmed too. The strain is too much and it randomly stopped storing photos.

Including a fabulous photo of this newt, but you’ll have to take my word for that.

On top of it all, our own young keep growing. Calls for a bit of late night baking, just to squeeze it all in.

I’ll get there. I just hope I don’t suffer the same fate as my camera’s memory card.

8 thoughts on “Taking note of nature

  • Thursday 28 June, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I have to say toadlets are amongst my favourite wee beasties. We used to have bats in the roof of my parents old house (pipistrelles) and at this time of year would often get babies in the house, they got especially confused by the chimney! Juliex

    • Saturday 7 July, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      So many nooks and crannies in our old house that the bat babies are getting lost. Either that or they are avid human watching!

  • Thursday 28 June, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    You have an amazing abundance of wildlife at your house Cheryl…………..I must admit to never seeing a toadlet before, I find these pictures quite fascinating…………..it must be a wonderful place for your children to grow up and see all these little creatures around them.
    lily x 🙂

    • Saturday 7 July, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      The toadlets are really sweet. They take over the garden for awhile. Makes it truely difficult to cut the grass – so we don’t. Except for a few paths to places like the washing line and the greenhouse. The children love finding the toadlets and also running around the grass paths. Makes me wish I was a child again. 😀

  • Saturday 30 June, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I am in complete awe of your close up bat encounter! I would love to see one so close. We see them fairly close in flight outside our back door, but I cannot imagine being able to touch one, lucky you! I have to just add though, don’t you think he/she looks a bit like a wrinkly old man?!
    I also want you to know that I am very much in love with your puffin tees! Lucky children having a mummy who makes them such fab stuff to wear! My children now want some, I’m not so sure I could make anything look quite that good though!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog too, you are very kind xx

    • Saturday 7 July, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      We love our bats. We usually sit outside on a balmy summer evening watching them… not too many of those evenings so far this year! This little chap is fascinating and a whole new experience.

      The puffins are so much fun to make. There will be a whole lot more puffins being made before the summer is out!

  • Saturday 7 July, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Wow bats!! How exciting, that it’s an amazing picture you got of him 🙂

    • Saturday 7 July, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      I’ll be posting more about this little chap soon.

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