In an attempt to keep my daughter off the iPad and/or WhatsApp on my phone all day, I try to do something meaningful with her both outside and inside each day. Thus, yesterday’s outside venue was the pit head just a few minutes’ walk from the house, which is now reverting to countryside.
When I first moved to our house and discovered the ‘park’, I was pleased but not overly inspired, as I was more used to either fully managed spaces or ones which were well-established. However, as I have learned more about plants, I have become more and more interested in this land.
On the whole, people are respectful of the environment, with one or two notable exceptions:
On a more uplifting note, I was intrigued by the work which had been done at the pond. Is the photo below an example of mulching?
Another thing which intrigued me was what appeared to be sheep droppings. Now, I’ve never seen sheep in these parts, certainly not running wild, so maybe there is an animal with similar droppings on the loose. And yet, as we walked home, what should we see but what appeared to be sheep’s wool just inside the gate to our housing estate. (Someone had broken the fence, so sheep could get in quite easily, although I have seen sheep jump over fences as well.)