With the recent cold snaps and bitter winds, so much in the garden looks quite abused – the brown leaves of the mahonia, the dead-looking thyme, the wind-blasted ceanothus. Hopefully they will all recover (although I have my doubts about the thyme). I’ve done a little bit of cutting back and mulching, but I haven’t touched the vegetable beds.
Today, on the nature reserve, I saw cattle with jackdaws on their backs. Last summer I saw magpies on the cattle – they were picking off the ticks. Today the jackdaws were removing moulting fur (or is it hair? . . . anyway, the tufty bits on the cattle’s spines) and taking it off to insulate their nests.