Some good weather towards the end of April and beginning of May has brought our rhododendrons into full bloom, just as the bluebells are fading. The vegetable seeds have germinated and the plants are peeping through. We have harvested our first pound of gooseberries and our guests have been enjoying them at breakfast. Wild orchids are appearing in the wet field.
With a new bird feeding station standing nearer the house we are getting close up to the woodpeckers. Coal tits almost disappear into the feeders in an attempt to find the black sunflower seeds while the pheasants and pigeons wait below for the other seeds being cast aside.
A rather bold fox sauntered leisurely over the lawn the other morning and a mother deer was closely guarding the offspring in the field beyond.