It is Spring. The weather is finally heating up after a very long, cold Winter here in the Emerald Isle. We had a few snow storms which is unusual but Global Climate Change is clearly visible all over the world now. Lovelock was right, Gaia is revenging. But here, in my little patch of earth, I continue to work with what comes to me, what is and deal with it.
The birds needed help this Winter and I got so much joy from watching them feed. Daily visits are wonderful and have become a big part of my life. Even Athena, my tortoiseshell cat checks the birdfeeder every morning. She sits on the window looking out at them. I make sure she is fed too!! They live in harmony thankfully.
Today, I have Starlings, Sparrows, Robins, Finches, Black Caps, Siskins, Great tits, blue tits, yellow tits, coal tits, long tailed tits, bull finches and blackbirds, trush, doves, pidgeons etc. I got a lovely bird table since too. My gatden is full of life. Some days I take time to be still, watch the activity. The black birds feed on the ground only. The Black cap and red wing love apples. The long tail tits come in groups of 6 or more at a time. They love the fat balls. The seed has of course fallen onto the soil beneath so I have to take them out as they grow. My husband fixed a round baking tin beneath the finch seed to catch what they spill. It helped but there is still a lot of black seed scattered everywhere, caught in the Hydrangea leaves and new buds.
We have nests already in the Beech hedge which is about 5 foot thick and 7 foot high, 20 foot long. I saw House Martins in my neighbours garden last week. So nice they are back for the Summer.
I got new compost bins and am recycling waste with gusto. I put tea leaves and coffee grounds directly on soil and plants. My wormery has been put into the compost bin now. It can work best with nature. I doubled the worms in the containter though. I got a large container to put logs and kindling in so the garden is more ordered now and functioning well. I got a small greenhouse and planted lettuce, rochet, chard, carrots. Tomatoes. Leeks that are all growing in soil now. The garden teaches me how to pace life, step by step growing, patience and the rewards.
I will update again over the months but for now, all is growing and existing perfectly as nature would want it.