Today the weather seems finally to be turning into Summer (or at least the end of Spring!) The day was warm, the sky was clear and the birds could be heard tweeting! The backyard still needs a lot of tidying done, even after the start made a few weeks ago. For starters the deck desperately needs to be scrubbed and re-varnished, the table and chairs cleaned, weeds removed from the gravel and paving slabs, the list is quite a long one! For now however, I will content myself with looking at the lovely wisteria that we have trained along the willow fencing. It isn’t even rooted in our backyard but it covers quite a few of the neighbours walls with it’s beautiful pale purple flowers.
Finally decided to tidy up the back yard (can’t really call it a garden as we have no grass!) so it will look presentable for any entertaining we decide to do in the warmer months. First thing to do was get rid of the Christmas tree- shameful I know- the poor thing still had all it’s needles on but they were a dirty shade of brown instead of the vibrant green of four months ago. So off it went to the tip (to be recycled of course) and we filled the boot with a new water butt instead. We’ve only got a slimline water butt and it does the job well, however, during a dry summer like last year the water ran out pretty quickly and I had to use the tap again to water all the pots we have. The larger water butt isn’t particularly pretty but it holds double the water of the slimline one so hopefully we wont run out again this summer.
Anyway, on to the bird feeder. The tweeting of birds has been reaching a crescendo in recent weeks- in fact some mornings it’s so loud I get woken up! I’ve been meaning to get a bird feeder that sticks to the window and hope that we will have lots of opportunities to watch the birds feeding really close up. Unfortunately, the presence of four cats next door and no trees nearby leads me to suspect it may never get used. Until then, my fingers are crossed, come on birdies you know you want to!