It is a bright, sunny day here in Canterbury.
Last night was very cold and caused a heavy frost, but the sun is warm and soon cleared it.
Mr Chuffington the hedgehog also seems to think that Spring is near. Over the last few weeks he went into semi hibernation, sleeping for a few days and then coming out to eat a few tasty meal worms before retiring again. But yesterday morning, he did something that he has not done since autumn. He started calling to other hedgehogs. The sound is wonderful. Imagine a large dog with a very sore throat trying to bark. The pitch is surprisingly low, almost like the chuffing sound of a steam train - hence Mrs RC's choice of name for him!
The fish have been a lot more visible in the last few days too, no longer hugging the bottom of the pond, out if sight in the weed.
The bird table is as busy as ever, and each day we are visited by a mass of startlings and sparrows. Mixed in with these we have a robin, occasional black birds and the regular groups of wood pigeons and doves. They eat vast amounts between them, and scatter the rest over the front garden. The fact that the stuff that falls on the floor tends to get left indicates to me that we don't need to put out more - surely they would pick the place clean if they were really hungry?
Oh, and the road works are still in progress. Either they have changed the sign or I misread it at the beginning, but they are there until the end of the month. I have to pick my way through sometimes (they do not leave a clear footpath like I think they are supposed to) but sending the cars on a long diversion does make my journey nice and peaceful. It will be a shock when the road finally reopens!