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10-05-2019 12:01
aldra And the hostas are pushing up

Blue, light green, dark green ,cream striped , beautiful plants especially around water

Hanging baskets done, geraniums and fushias potted up

So spring is sprung

Just need it to stop raining now

09-05-2019 16:56
aldra 7 days to wait

But we managed to finish three coats of waterproof paint before the rain

And finally traced a leak we couldnít identify

Although we identified and sealed others

It was a defunct pipe in the filters that apparently went into the wall and seeped into the pond, not a problem when the pond was full, but a problem when we needed a dryish wall to paint

And I say we, of course Iím not climbing ladders in and out of pond, I was when we excavated it , 20ft x 5ft x 6ft excluding the filters , of clay

Now I just maintain the house , whilst dirty feet tramp through and provide meals

And if young Albert appears feed Winston as well

08-05-2019 18:32
aldra But slowly our small garden will return

Fish will swim, hosta will bloom

I love them them

And bright red geraniums will bloom in this garden

My herbs will grow once again , they are already growing

And the mint is doing well

But I donít use it so much to cook , unless Iím doing lamb

08-05-2019 18:09
aldra Shadow is a waste of time

Would he chase a rat

Would he heíll

Heís very much live and let live

Unless itís people he doesnít know

And then live and let live goes out the window

08-05-2019 06:14
patp In another life I used to work with rats, Sandra. They are fantastic creatures and make amazing pets. Don't think Shadow would appreciate you getting one or two as pets though!
07-05-2019 17:45
aldra We that wouldnít work for me Pat

I have considered installing our feral dog in a shed somewhere

As I say ,whether or not I should

Those young rats have afforded me hours of pleasure

Sleek, shiny alive , enjoying life

And I canít watch badgers , hedgehogs etc ,in my garden

Iím not lucky enough to live in the middle of the country , but in a town

So rats will just have to do, along with frogs, birds and beautiful coloured fish

They all need a source of water

As do we

07-05-2019 12:43
patp We have never found cats to be very reliable. Some of our cats were prolific hunters while others were couch potatoes
We did have the feral cat around for a while and she did seem to have an effect on the mouse and rat population. Never saw her hunting birds but that is not to say that she wouldn't if there was nothing else to hunt. I am sure Cats Protection, or other cat sanctuaries, would let you have one of their feral cats to install in a shed somewhere.
07-05-2019 10:39
aldra We had considered a couple of cats to stake out their territory Pat

But they would also keep birds away, and possibly the frogs

Also we no longer have any visiting cats as we used to , and canít help wondering why?

Rarely see a cat now around here

07-05-2019 06:51
patp Well done Albert!

Water is very restful.

Would you like a couple of moorhens? I am sure they would take on the rats
06-05-2019 18:52
aldra And the rats will come to drink from this pond

The frogs will mate here

A source of water

And life will go on , the circle of life

And I wonít kill any of it

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