Wednesday, 21 March 2012

My Babies!

A part of me has never grown up and I am always thrilled when I see frogspawn in our pond. We also have newts and they eat it, so this year I have taken a friend's advice and put some in a deep tray filled with pond water and already they are beginning to look tadpoley. I will have to clean them out in a couple of weeks - lord knows quite how! It all takes me back to early school days when we took tadpoles to school in a large jam jar, for the Nature Table. I have put a large stone in the tray so that when the spawn has become froglets, they can climb out. When they have reached that stage they will be safe from newts.


Poppy came to visit again today. She was very vocal and makes sounds that aren't a bit dog-like. She also swivels her head from side to side when we talk to her and I was hoping to get a good shot but missed it every time. Imagine her head another two or three inches to the right, and then as far again to the other side and you'll get the idea. I get worn out keeping her amused, but she is indefatigable.


I have nothing creative to post about, unless you count gardening and a couple of baking sessions. Our local little garden centre - which I like so much better than the big ones - is selling tomato plants already so I bought six on Monday and they are planted in large bottomless pots standing in growbags - three pots to each bag - in the greenhouse. They had three different varieties so I bought two of each.


Last week whizzed by in a blur with no time for anything and this week is doing the same. I must organize my time better and tidying my workroom would be a good idea if I ever want to find anything again.

8 comments:

Julie said...

I always get excited to see tadpoles in the pond Heather. We have loads of spawn but no taddies yet. I'm glad you're ok, it suddenly struck me that I hadn't noticed you for a few days so I'm glad you're just busy. I hope you're getting some good Spring weather, it's been lovely here in Lincolnshire today. Oops! That reminds me, I need to do some watering tomorrow, should have done it today!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love the taddies. I would like to grow tomatoes but the trouble is that we always go on holiday in May which means we have to find someone to look after them. My son is not a gardener so that is out.

Carol Q said...

lovely to have tadpoles Heather. you're nice and early with your tomatoes. mine were dreadful last year. fingers crossed for this year.

Linda said...

I'd love to have a pond with taddies and frogs. Must put it on Brian's to-do list ;-)
Hope you're having the same weather as us today......I've even hung some washing out!!

Toffeeapple said...

That is a very thoughtful thing to do and I hope that you get a lot of froglets.

sharon young said...

How lovely to have tadpoles, we used to get them too in our garden pond and the little frogs were brilliant, so dinky.
I love your pics of poppy she looks such a character.

Maggi said...

Lovely to see you taking good care of your tadpoles. They are so cute and I haven't seen any for ages. Ponds and cats don't go well together! I think gardening and baking are both creative activities and you should make the most of the good weather anyway.

Jackie said...

Ooh I think tadpoling is very creative. We had some once and someone told me to put a bit of bacon in for them as they like meat. Well I thought that was a great idea and as I was doing it I put some liver in as well. The next day the water was all bubbly and they were whizzing round and round in circles. I think the liver had fermented and they were drunk. I cleaned them out and gave them some fresh water (lost a few down the plughole) and eventually four turned into frogs. Even two of those died by drowning in the water. I;d even put sloping stones in so they could get out. It was all very traumatic.
Not that I want to put you off!!!