Anyway, it wasn't a poo, it was, in fact, a toadlet! (at least, I am claiming him as a toadlet because his skin is a lot more warty and toady-looking than that of a frog, which is smoother and more uniform, but if I am wrong please correct me). I scooped him up off my foot and managed to get some pics before he hopped off.
Bit gorgeous isn't he?
Anyway, he soon hopped off and disappeared into the grass where he vanished so convincingly it has left me worried that there may be others hidden up there whom I could step on without knowing.
I found an owl pellet on the path outside the front door yesterday. I'm not entirely sure how it got there unless an owl was perched on a window sill, which seems unlikely. It is a Tawny pellet, because it is longer and thinner than any other owl's and tapers at one end. It's also quite fragile which is typical of Tawny pellets. No sign of obvious bones in it, but plenty of black beetle pieces and what I take to be grass but in the photo looks like wood flakes. If anyone with Owl Pellet Expertise can expound further I'd be very interested to hear more. I think they're fascinating.
A few other pics of things I have found interesting this week, such as this bee with a very full pollen basket....
Bird's Foot Trefoil (below) is growing around the pond. This is especially pleasing because we have deliberately left that area to grow longer grasses and it must mean the Trefoil has always been there, just unable to bloom previously because the grass was kept too short. I am really pleased about this because BFT is a great plant for all sorts of wildlife and I have been thinking about sowing it.
Our honeysuckle has really struggled this year but at last the flowers are coming.
This is what is was doing...
Hanging basket toms are now well on the way and we are eating them every day...
The Black Eyed Susans I grew from seed a few years back are now in bloom. Glorious.
Ripe blackberries in the hedge beside the drive...
M makes a wicked blackberry ice-cream.
M's Chillies are doing well. He's grown some dangerously hot varieties this year that have names like Hungarian Hotstuff and Ecuadorial Exploder (actually, I've made those up, but you get the picture).
This Sunflower Variety is called Teddy, because it's fluffy I guess...
I've really missed my moths today, so was charmed to see this Knot Grass asleep on the wall. I'm pretty sure it's the same one from a couple of days ago because the marking's are quite unusual, so he/ she hasn't gone far.
And finally, I'll leave you with a picture of Ted rolling in the grass this afternoon.
Little does he know it, but he's off for a bath and haircut in a minute (having seen Dougal silver and neatly shorn, fresh from the poochie parlour yesterday- beside him Ted looks like a disreputable lout who's let himself go in no uncertain terms. He's also turning slowly yellow, which is always a sign that a bath is due, before small children burst into tears and hold their noses when he walks past them).
Have a good weekend all,