A muddy treat

The rain was unrelenting and the lawn was turning into a swamp, so today seemed like the best time to tackle the holes round the pond.  I put on my wellies, filled a bucket with sand from my stockpile and began to tackle the mess of mud, holes and moss.  That’s when I realised I should be thanking the magpies for making the holes.  Under all the moss, I uncovered the original edge, which had crept in about six inches all round, reducing the overall size of the pond. Eventually it would have filled it in completely, leaving only a bog.  A good hour of hauling up moss and mud in the pouring rain and I revealed the stones round the edge and the little beach that we had made to allow our wildlife friends to get in and out.

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But then the real joy occurred.  Our friendly frog, which I haven’t seen all winter, popped its head up.

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Then I found some frogspawn.  So I left that bit of the pond with overgrown moss and weed to allow the baby frogs to develop.  And then  a second frog appeared.

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Probably they only came out because I had disturbed their habitat.  I hope they aren’t too distressed. Can you spot the frogs in this picture? Scroll down to find them.

Spot the frogsThe pond looks much better and I was very careful not to disturb the frogspawn.  A most satisfying day.

Here are the frogs:

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The frogspawn is hidden under the overgrown bit that I left at the far end of the pond.

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