I did eventually pop down to the wood for an hour or so when a glorious break in the weather materialised late in the day. I wandered around daydreaming and had a little session of bramble pulling (it's very therapeutic).
Amid all this darkness the Bluebells have begun to arrive.
I spotted one sprouting through the leaf mould whilst clearing an area of brambles (I currently do a lot of bramble clearance) and once I had my eye in, as it were, I began spotting them everywhere. I'm pleased to report that the springtime display should be wildly profuse, they are in every nook & cranny it seems. It's dead exciting (for me at least).
|The Bluebells are beginning to make their presence felt on the ground.|
|Lloyd and Woolley weight testing the bridge. It was the only useful thing Vic did all day :D|
|Cutting a chunk of Ash for my friend Dave Lakin.|
|I think this might be Cramp Ball Fungus, also known as King Alfred's Cakes (Mad Dave told me that).|
|Common Earthball Fungus (My mate John Lynch told me that). The adjacent Crabapple is about 25mm in diameter.|
|Lesser Celendine. (My Mum told me that).|
|My mate John thinks this might be the handywork of a Sparrowhawk.|
|This is probably the handywork of a local fox.|
|There are a number of young Yew trees dotted around the wood giving it some much welcomed winter colour.|
|The beginnings of my compost toilet.|
|The base of the compost toilet taking shape. Snow is visible on the tiles behind.|
|Levelling out the base for the compost toilet.|
|The weekend following the snowstorms was the polar opposite and I made sure to enjoy the unseasonal weather.|
|The outer frames for the compost toilet.|
|The compost toilet is taking shape.|
|Don't worry, I will be putting up walls and a door before using the toilet.|
I'm thinking of calling it The Throne Room. I'm certain it will be fit for a Queen when it's finished.
Consume less, live more. Plant more trees.