I started a nature journal, I will try to add to it at least monthly. This is my first page, just sketches and scribbles of what I am seeing. Several bloggers did this last year and I wished I had too, it will be fun to look back through it at the ended of the year and see the seasonal changes.
I grew these herbs in past years, it seems I got too busy and never grew any in the last few years, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it, so will start some pots soon. I think I had my allotment when I took this picture as I see lots of blue hose in the garden that I remember going to great trouble to get from the local water authority rubbish skip and made into netted tunnels for delicate leaf vegetables. Sadly it was too much commitment, bit I enjoyed the experience. Windowsill gardening I think I can manage this year :)
Its very mild weather in my part of the UK and there doesn't seem much going on in the woods. But when I visited the Woodland Trust website, I found there is plenty to see if you know where to look... there are lichen, moss and fungi, insects, spiders and birds to look out for and, of course, the early signs of Spring we all long for, in particular leaf formation of wild flowers like celandine and wood anemone.
I put some apples out which the blackbirds have been eating, they peck a big hole and get the flesh, leaving a red, empty bowl of the skin.
On my wanderings I almost missed course grey and white hair on some barbed wire near the river, it was badger hair, an indication that the adults are active all year round.
they don't hibernate, they stay under ground most of the time but they do need to come up to toilet and feed themselves. It will be April before we see any young above ground, but that little bit of fur was a reminder of what we can look forward to.
Last year I took part in Bluebell Watch, it's a simple survey the Woodland Trust do annually to monitor the density of bluebells in local woodland (and also to monitor the unwanted increase in the much larger Spanish bluebell which is not native to our woods). All we have to do is go online to notify any sightings, which will be around April/May.
This is my library book pile for the coming week, looking forward to the gardening book in particular.
Have you got any plans for gardening? Ambitions to grow your own food? Something unusual perhaps?