It seems a long time since we have been up to Old Sleningford Farm for a workday, although it is only a month since the last one. So being outdoor with nature all around was particularly pleasurable.
Today’s main activity was thinning out the gooseberry bushes, which in spite of being a bit of a prickly venture was fun. My daughter had the loppers and each time she cut a branch she shouted ‘Timber!’.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the day, however, was finding not one, not two, but three birds’ nests amongst the bushes. One of them was so delightful, and intact, filled with carpet fluff from the floor of the forest garden (used to prevent weeds).
I’d never seen a bird’s nest up close before, so was enthralled. I had somehow expected it to be empty, not filled with soft bedding. I hope the chicks appreciated what their parents had done for them!