|Primroses and Ladies' Smock|
There was more work to be done to finish collecting up the prunings, but the Hadlow college students were on holiday so it had to wait. Meanwhile the grass was growing and, on the nut trees, the moment of bud burst was imminent.
|Sunlight through the bursting leaf buds|
Then a nice surprise came through in the form of a photo from Northern Ireland,
from the North West Red Squirrel Group near Derry, of a red squirrel tucking into one of our cobnuts.
And, spotted on the plat one afternoon, a handsome silvery pheasant which, along with another less flamboyant one and his missis,were strolling around.
|Can you see the pheasant?|
Another month passed but we now had a date in the diary and, on May17th, not one minibus but two arrived with (mainly) enthusiastic students ready to go. Along with several cobnut volunteers we got to work, got the bonfire going and by mid-day most of the work had been done.
Baked potatoes were devoured and a well-earned break was enjoyed. After our lunch break the last of the work was completed and the students marched off, still in high spirits, to board their buses back to College, leaving just a few baked spuds and a pile of very hot ashes
On a final flowery note, Bugle (ajuga reptans) is now rampant and rivalling the earlier bluebells with its deep blue spires.
The next cobnut date in my calendar will be the Mote Farm Open Sunday on June 10th. Its a great day to bring small children - especially any who are keen on tractors! and I am told there will be more farm animals this year. Needless to say, cobnut muesli, chocolate bars, biscotti and cobnut oil will all be available on my stall. See you there!