After a very unpromising start, the latter part of yesterday ended up very warm and sunny, so after tea I took myself off for a bike ride. I went round to where I had seen all those tadpoles, to see how they were getting on.
But there were a few people fishing down there so I didn't bother stopping.
I passed an oil seed rape field that had a lovely edging of poppies, plus a purple splash of common mallow
Here are some more videos from my wildlife camera. A rat gnawed a hole through the side of the hen shed in winter, which I filled up, so it gnawed another. I filled that up and it gnawed another so I didn't fill that one up because I reckoned there'd be no shed left at that rate!
We set two traps outside the shed, one is a cage which catches it alive (goodness knows what we would have done with it then), and another like a giant mouse trap. The mouse trap one is very scary - my husband breaks into a sweat just setting it, so we put an upside down hanging basket over the top and fastened it down so that Spaghetti couldn't get to it. Or so we thought...
Yes she's actually put her paw on the trap, I was so shocked when I saw it!After that I put a lot more barriers round it.
She also had a go at the cage trap
and if you would like to see the rat