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Had a very productive time yesterday moving compost around,sweeping up a few leftover leaves and generally tidying up. Whilst moving some large pots I found an entire family of snails just waiting to wake up in Spring and eat my plants. I collected them all up and put them on the grass, hoping the birds might enjoy. Unfortunately they are now under several inches of snow and I feel quite quilty about sending them to a slow and frosty death.
On a brighter note, passing the pond on the common today I was amazed to see that the two Egyption Geese now have 3 babies. They are tiny little things and surely not prepared for snow. Isn’t 1st February too early for new chicks?

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I wouldn't spend too much time in remorse for the snails Ginellie. Just think of the damage they would have caused in your garden.
I don't know anything about Egyptian Geese but I would think that February 1st is very early. Poor little goslings. I hope their Mum and Dad keep them nice and warm.

2 Feb, 2009


Funnily enough, I found a lot of snails inside an old flowerpot - I left it out and by the next day only the shells were there - the birds must have cracked the shells and eaten them... well, Henry certainly isn't interested in snails, so what else would have done it??

I do feel for those goslings - they may not survive the cold/predators.

2 Feb, 2009


I wouldn't feel guilty about the snails. It's a good job you got rid of them. Just make sure the frost has killed them properly. You wouldn't want them to revive when it thaws.

2 Feb, 2009


Well done on moving the compost and the snails.
Fingers crossed for the young geese.
Very cold weather for them.

2 Feb, 2009


Much nicer for them to freeze to death rather than being smashed to pieces by our local Thrush. She was having a bashing time yesterday - I think she'd have trouble finding them today in the snow.

2 Feb, 2009


Been back to check on the babes, sadly only 2 today. I was able to very close to them and took a photograph with my 'phone, but don't seem able to transfer it to computer. A lot of people feeding all the birds,ducks,geese and one very cheeky young swan who takes food straight out of the bag.Would have liked to have posted a picture of him too - photography/computer lessons for me I think.

2 Feb, 2009

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