There had been some Reynard activity, as you can see from the photos, particularly the blood-and-feathers, which were downy and grey. Perhaps a wood pigeon which was investigating the compost heap and was too fat for the fox? I hope so, we've more of that species than we need. And it would have made a nice meal.
Anyway, I got the potting shed/conservatory cleared. Lots of plant pots and green garden netting, (protection against said wood pigeons). Couple of nice old metal boxes containing metal things like hinges and wall hooks, which I need to get some oil on to restore to usefulness. One of the tins was lined with newspaper, a mouse-shredded Daily Mail from 1987. Best of all, a substantial bit of actual fishing net. I'd guess, when it's stretched out, about 5ft wide by 20-30ft long. Perfect for peas and beans, as well as aesthetically pleasing and appropriate.
The last two times I've been down, clearing out first the tool-, and then the potting-shed, a robin has appeared, and perched on the old dead hedge plants at the SE corner, as if to say, "Why don't you bugger off? I want to look in that shed for the invertebrates you can't see." And so each time, I've duly buggered off.
|Lunchtime today, looking north from the shed|
|Just some of the fox tracks - seems to have been bounding along here|
|Bird prints, fox prints, blood and feathers|
|From near the North boundary. You can just see the "pond", left foreground.|
|Find of the day: a load of proper fishing net|
|The "Conservatory" BEFORE|
|...And AFTER. The making of a serviceable potting shed. Though, mind, the roof is rather low.|
|Look carefully, and you can see a Mrs Robin Redbreast in the middle of the photograph.|