We’ve had a couple of long, hot days up at the allotment. Aaron and Tabitha wanted to get the paddling pool out, so I went to fetch a tarpaulin from behind the shed and found some frogs hiding in a puddle underneath. We spent ages watching them and counted at least nine! Most of them were huge, with a few smaller ones as well.
Later in the day we found another couple of frogs in the sunken bucket. Our council does not allow ponds on the allotments, but I am planning to make a new “puddle” habitat for them as Dad is going to build compost bins at their current location.
The frogs were not the only surprise hiding under the tarpaulin. We also found a wolf spider with two egg sacs!
Another recent find was this peacock caterpillar. Tabitha did a watercolour painting of it in her nature journal.
The adults worked up a sweat while the children stayed nice and cool in the paddling pool!
They have also enjoyed playing with the loader and dumper truck, digging big holes and creating volcanoes. Aaron was very surprised when Grandpa said he had been inside a volcano!
We have harvested and eaten lots of delicious strawberries.
Today we also harvested the first lot of early potatoes, which have been in the ground for eight weeks.
We spent nearly eight hours up at the plot today, it seems silly to be doing work inside on lovely summer days. I’m exhausted after all that digging and weeding though, we will need a quiet day tomorrow to recover!