I'm back! Work days are behind me again and I now have time to garden and blog again!
Last week's storm brought down our plum tree! Disaster for us ....no more plum jam .... but the pheasants seem to approve. The main trunk broke in half so the top branches are forming a sort of cage over part of the lawn. The pheasants obviously feel very safe snoozing inside its protection and pop out to feed every so often. We had 13 of them wandering round the lawn the other morning ... only 7 today. We have decided to leave the broken tree exactly where it is until the spring brings warmer weather.
The smaller birds seem to like it too - I was drinking my early morning tea and watching blue tits, great tits, goldfinches, greenfinches, chaffinches, blackbirds, dunnocks, sparrows, collard doves and the robin swooping about like confetti and all using the plum tree to hide in.
It was a very old plum tree - we were told it was as old as the house and that was built in 1865 ... don't know how true that is but it was a very large and fruitful specimen. Bit sad really ..but on the other hand it has given me an area of garden that now needs to be completely redesigned this Spring!
Merry Christmas Everyone and a Blooming Great New Year!