The Leaf by Leaf Blogs
We have our own Leaf by Leaf Blog and a couple of our
authors also maintain their own. Vicky Turrell continues her very popular
series of 'Notes from the country' and
Bernard Pearson has his own website and blog, here.
you seen any yet? I keep going to my pond at the bottom of the garden to check,
so far there is nothing to see. But I do hear a little ‘plop’ every time. I
think that the frogs are back because as well as hearing them I see little
ripples on the surface.
has appeared walking along our grass path going from the woodland towards my pond.
You can tell it is not a frog because frogs hop and this one was certainly
walking. In the Shropshire town of Ellesmere, the toad volunteers are out again
collecting buckets of these creatures crossing the roads to get to their
breeding ponds. The trouble is we have built on their habitats and of course
they do not know the dangers and simply walk on the road as they travel without
checking for traffic.
used to see lots of toads here in our garden but now one is an exciting event as
we look out for them. That last one I saw lived under an old ivy-covered damp log,
it was coming out of hibernation, it needs a damp environment and ivy is just
the thing to hold the moisture in.
heard that some farmers are now encouraging ivy on their trees to help wildlife.
As a farmer’s daughter I was aways taught that ivy was harmful to trees and
should be cut at the base of the tree. But we know now that ivy does not damage
the tree it is only using it as a prop, clinging on to get its leaves up to the
light. There is a lamppost near here with ivy
growing almost to the top. It is thriving and that proves to me that the ivy
does not need any nourishment from a tree it only needs a lift to the light.
Mind you I would not want it covering the branches blocking the light from the
tree or making it topple.
are going backwards and forwards flying into ivy growing up our silver birch
tree. The ivy brown ‘fingers’ are holding on to the white bark. The ivy berries
are ripe at this time of year and the birds are having a feast to get them
through the winter.
of wellbeing have you tried e-consult on your doctor’s website? You can contact
your doctor online now if it is not urgent. I gave it a go yesterday when I was
in a long phone queue, which I abandoned. There are easy to follow questions and the
last one is ‘What do you need help with?’ I had a reply within a few hours.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)
Ivy growing up a lamp post to get maximum light for its leaves.
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