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falls. There was a lot of it, more than I would have attributed to a single frog. I stuck my fingers in to pull some out to show the children, and was surprised to find how difficult it was to separate. It must be 40 years since I last wrestled with some
put it back and went on with the day's work of clearing up the garden and smearing mud patterns on the patio.The frog caused much more excitement. I'm not surprised it took off like a demented rocket - I had just run right over the top
, water skaters, boatmen, frogs, toads and common newts all moved in. But now, four years later, the water level has dropped, leaving 20 cm of ugly butyl liner exposed and the shallow end high and dry. I don't know if one of the children 'fishing' with a
or in the flower pot store. With frogs and newts, that's three amphibians in the garden this year.
.Although we've had frogs and toads in the garden for years, they've never bred successfully, and we've never had tadpoles in our small pond. I'm hoping the newts will have better luck. Since I re-made the pond after its leak last year, we've not had much else
for damselflies, pond skaters and who knows, maybe even the frog that caused so much excitement when it hopped out across the tarmac at playtime last week.