Pottie Pam

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tadpoles in December

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 18:23

hi Dove,

I saw a programme where some tadpoles in mountain lakes didn't develope into frogs.

The ones in my pond are newly hatched. They are all in clumps on waterweed. They must have been laid about a month ago and I did think i heard toads calling one night when the dog had his walk.

I will do as you suggest and  keep that bit of pond free of ice, maybe float a ball in.

Perhaps the toads know something we don't and we aren't going to have any cold weather and go straight into spring.



tadpoles in December

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 15:48

I would have thought the adults would have had to hibernate before they could start breeding. There were two separate lots in different parts of the pond and it's not as though we've had a long cold spell to fool them into thinking it's spring.



tadpoles in December

Posted: 17/12/2013 at 14:20

I was amazed to find tadpoles in the pond today. (Not a very good picture I'm afraid) I think they are toads. The pond was frozen over all day about two weeks ago. I hope they survive the winter.

Help Overwintering Geraniums - rotting??

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 06:08

Hi Cate,

I agree with everyone's advice about removing brown leaves. The fungus on yours would probably be botrytis not powdery mildew so spraying with milk wouldn't have helped but make it worse as the leaves should be kept dry. Hope you get them through the winter.

I've still got a few outside so must get them in before I get caught out. It's been so mild that I forget we are in the middle of  winter.  


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 12:09

Sorry Andy, meant to say how lovely your gifts are.


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 12:07

Good afternoon all.

Lovely day here as you can see from the photo I took earlier of some long tailed tits. They are my favourite birds along with swallows.

I agree with punkdoc, getting outside as much as you can in the Winter keeps the spirits up.

Must do some Christmas preparations. Keep finding things to do outside that don't really need doing. I'm easily distracted but can't put it off much longer.



Posted: 07/12/2013 at 08:29

Morning Kef and Verdun,

No rain here yet Verdun and I'm only about 10 miles from you. Hope your dog can cross his legs 'til you get back. Dog's are so perceptive. My dog knows when I'm going out without him. Maybe it's the different clothes.


Posted: 07/12/2013 at 07:08

Good morning Dove and anyone else who's awake.

Hope Panda doesn't feel too bad this morning. She's not on breakfast duty is she?

Tragic to watch those houses on the east coast tumbling into the sea. They couldn't get insurance apparently but they did look to be built on sand.

I hope Verdun's cabin is well back from the sea but it has been very mild and calm down in Cornwall so maybe all will be well.


Posted: 06/12/2013 at 07:47

Good morning everyone.

Hope all are safe. Just watching an amazing sunrise. Must mean we are getting our share of weather soon.

Sad about Nelson Mandela but he's been ill for so long and glad he's at peace now.


Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 11:10

I've also made raspberry vodka, which is lovely after just a few months. I made blackberry vodka three years ago which wasn't very drinkable the first year but it's really good now.

My son uses gin for his base for drinks but I much prefer vodka. He told me of a recipe he'd read about where you put a whole lemon in a kilner jar and fill it with gin and sugar then put it into the boot of the car so it's continuously being shook up then forget about it for a couple of years. Just to remember to remove it if you sell the car in the meantime

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