The longest month of the year – January – is over, it has been dark, unusually cold and unusually dry. We still haven’t had any substantial rain, only a little bit here and there, but the coming week is promising a bit of rain now and then so it might help. If we don’t get a couple of WEEKS of rain soon, I fear we will be in trouble by mid-summer.
I have braved the cold weather – which has been almost down to freezing for a couple of weeks....I must have been living for too long here in London, temperatures like 2-3 plus in January (35 F) would have been considered absolutely balmy years ago, now I think it’s pretty cold. But I can’t keep away from my garden for too long so in true Norwegian spirit of ‘There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing’ – I have been out in the garden a couple of hours most days during January.
The fox is still around, she is here most days, and I often both see her and hear her in the evening, raiding the birdfeeders and digging in the flowerbeds. Before you start aaawing and oooing and say how lucky I am to have a fox living in my garden…..there is a price to pay.
The wildlife in my garden is inspiring and interesting most of the time, but boy do they add to my workload. I do hope I will have some really cute photos of fox cubs to show for at the end of the spring for all the extra works she is giving me :-)
I have so many plans for my new garden – so many things I would like to try to grow but also things that could make life easier in the garden – and things purely because it looks nice. It took me 10 years to develop my previous garden, and a further 4 years to tinker with it – before I moved house. I hope the experience I now have means it will be slightly shorter before I get to the stage where I can start just tinkering!
I have a movie for you today too, and in the middle of it there is a part with not just one but TWO squirrels raiding my bird feeders. I just happened to see it while being in the kitchen and grabbed what I had at hand, which was my iPad, and there is no zoom on the iPad so unfortunately it’s not as good footage as I would have liked. And that day, right when those two squirrels where hogging the feeders and the birds had to sit and queue up to get something to eat, the cat next door was visiting me. He was sitting watching the whole thing through the cat flap looking like ‘this could have been a nice lunch’ on his face. I guess the cats learn very quickly that squirrels are MUCH quicker than cats!
The music was Largo - from The New World Symphony by Antonín Dvořák
Today it is 4 weeks till spring starts here, it is at this time of year I appreciate most living and gardening in a climate like here in London. So whether you have T-shirt weather or 6 ft of snow in your garden right now, enjoy February because after the longest month of the year comes the shortest of the year – and then it’s spring!
Take care everyone, see you again at the end of February.