April sunset

April may have rushed in as March stormed out but finally quiet weather has arrived and with it the first peacock butterflies, bumble bees and small tortoiseshell butterflies. The garden is filled with birdsong as the robins, blackbirds, chaffinch, grey wagtails and a variety of tits sing from every available branch. Last year the blue tits nested in a hollow fencepost since replaced when the new fence was put in. A small feeling of guilt crept over me as I watched the male hunting all around the new post for the nesting hole…

Ignoring the housework, today has been the perfect day spent in the garden. Raking, hoeing, weeding, pruning, turning in the winter green manures. Checking the greenhouse and finding the pinks have been ravaged by a marauding snail, pinching out sweet-peas, remembering to water as it is HOT in there!

The gardening girls are always on hand to help, grabbing grubs and worms, scratching around in the turned earth. Oscar too ventures forth, on his lead, but is still a bit overwhelmed by new sights and sounds. We pack up early as he has an appointment at the vet for his vaccination and micro-chipping – he doesn’t like the car but doesn’t flinch when injected! Back home; and he wants out again, the chooks decide to follow him, brave if he meets one but en-masse – a bit alarming. Doggedly (cattedly?) he carries, on checking out another corner of the garden, burying his nose deep into the leaves and grass. Sniffing the vole holes, disturbing slumbering wasps…

Sunset moves steadily north, we watch the sun sink behind Kintyre, painting the sky in pink and orange. The flowers close their petals as the silver moon and sparkling stars illuminate the darkening sky. Tomorrow is another day bringing promise of another productive day in the garden.

One happy gardener, one happy cat, four happy chickens…

Good night, may tomorrow bring new promise.

A wee song from Sara Groves…

Sara Groves – Different Kinds of Happy –

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