A Fox, Clouds and garden progress.

24 May


Some very strange clouds 2 days ago…unlike any I can ever recall seeing. Hopefully they are the good weather clouds.



Yesterday evening Andy took the dogs for their daily walk in the woods behind our house. Half an hour later he was back with this wee Fox in his arms. Just a baby….the dogs had attacked her in the forest and would have killed her had Andy not intervened. Once we got the dogs indoors Andy took the Fox baby to where he found her.  Not a great pic but had to share it.


Garden work continues…a few days ago we gave the pond a good clean out. Everything was overgrown and the Bulrushes still had last year’s dead stems.  Looking a lot better now. In the clean up we found 2 Water Lilies that were completely covered. Hopefully they might flower this year.


In the front garden the Apple trees are covered in blossoms. Lots of Bumble Bees about so they should be pollinated.


Everything has really come on the last couple of weeks even though the nights are still quite chilly. The farmers are complaining because the grass is not growing and all the fodder has been eaten. Hay is now being bought in from England and France. Even that is rationed.  If there isn’t some real Summer weather soon the animal welfare problem will seriously escalate. Already many farmers are said to have lost animals due to malnutrition and hunger.


On the lane everything is looking very lush and green. But as usual the Ash still haven’t leaved out fully yet. They are always last.


Rhododendron is also about to bloom. These are usually in bloom in the first week of May…so late this year…like so much else.


I just love the new leaves on the Beech. So fresh and soft when just unfurled. At this stage they can be eaten in a salad. Not particularly flavoursome but wouldn’t  that beautiful green tempt anyone’s palate. It is said that green is the colour of the heart chakra…these beautiful leaves really make my heart feel full of joy.



27 Responses to “A Fox, Clouds and garden progress.”

  1. Ma Larkin May 24, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    It is all looking rather beautiful! I hope the fox cub recovers. Great photos . Blessings x

    • bridget May 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

      It ran off pretty quickly so I think t will be fine. It has a tale to tell in the den!

  2. Tina Rock May 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Love your Blog Bridget & Andy 🙂

  3. Anne Wilson May 25, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    Your garden is looking great, the advantage of buying a place where there had been a garden, here we had nothing and had to start from scratch but it’s getting there slowly if only the wind would stop doing so much damage.

    • bridget May 25, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      It’s odd to have the north wind at this time of the year. As for that east wind we had in March….
      Hopefully a good Summer is around the corner.

  4. Willowarchway May 25, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Oh wow, the fox cub !!!! It’s so cold here at the moment isn’t it? Hopefully everything will catch up and it will be a lovely hot ( but not TOO hot ) summer !

    • bridget May 25, 2013 at 6:41 am #

      Fingers crossed for some good weather although despite everything we have managed to spend quite a bit of time in the garden.

  5. cindyricksgers May 25, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    What a lovely post full of weather and news, Bridget! Everything is certainly looking Spring-like. I hope the season progresses in time to save the animals!Thanks!

    • bridget May 25, 2013 at 6:43 am #

      I hope so too Cindy. It’s really painful to watch farmers and animals struggling.

  6. The Earth Beneath My Feet May 25, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    The fox is gorgeous – so glad she’s ok. Lovely to see the garden coming on and all your hard work paying off!

  7. Rambling Woods May 25, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    Oh poor fox…. You asked about Nature Notes…. Yes, I put it up on Tuesdays at midnight EST…. Michelle

  8. Charlie@Seattle Trekker May 25, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    A very lovely walk through your garden, spring is really here.

  9. Jane May 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Ah, poor wee thing looks in shock..glad of the warmth from Andy I’m sure. The heart chakra being green explains why I feel so happy in spring summer when all around is green. The feed situation is worrying…I do hope that it all ends for the better.
    Jane x

    • bridget May 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Never say this happen before. On the train to Dublin today for March against Monsanto was looking at fields all the way up, all the same, no grass growth. Worrying.

  10. pivi63 May 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    Lovely garden! Hopefully the cub will be ok
    The clouds look really amazing – there were some lovely and very unusual ones down here too – and I regretted not having my camera! ‘down here’ being in West Cork :))

  11. pivi63 May 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    oh and I’ve heard that we are 42 days behind in the growing season – that is a lot of time…

    • bridget May 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      I can well believe it. Hopefully we can catch up. If we have a bad Summer the repurcussions could be very serious.

  12. KL May 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    Awww..that fox looks so cute. It’s strange that dogs attack them because they are in the same family. Did Andy finds its mother? Green indeed makes my heart jump in joy. What majestic and unique clouds.

    • bridget May 26, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Did’nt find the mother but he took her back to where he found her so hopefully she would have been familiar with that area. So hard to know what to do when one finds wild animals in distress.

  13. june May 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    So thankful to you both that Andy found that beautiful fox cub and were able to rescue her to safety in the warmth and comfort of your home. Hopefully, she’ll be reunited with her mother and she’ll be okay and safe.

    Everything’s looking so gorgeously green and lush, Bridget! Beautiful photos of such a beautiful place that you’re blessed to call home. I love that entrance to your home…like a gateway to happiness 🙂

    • bridget May 27, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Aw June you say the nicest things. xx

      • June May 27, 2013 at 8:47 am #

        Just speakin’ the truth, my friend. 🙂

  14. Donna@Gardens Eye View May 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Our weather has been cold and things are behind…hoping your weather improves….everything looks beautiful and that baby fox is just adorable. We have fox here and just love seeing them.

  15. Alberto May 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi Bridget, this morning going to work I’ve seen a baby fox killed by some car at the edge of the road and I felt so bad. Reading your post made me a little happier, at least your baby fox had a better chance!
    It’s sad farmers are loosing beasts because of hunger, really this weather is crazy!
    Your pond is very interesting and with big potential, do you have any plans in particular with it?

    • bridget May 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

      My only plan is to plant all around the edge so the the liner is not seen. Some nice plants in there that I like, bulrushes, water lilies, watersedge primulas and bogbean. It was made by the previous owners. I don’t want to mess with it too much because it is a wildlife haven. Loads of newts and water snails.

  16. SmallHouseBigGarden June 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Those apple trees are GLORIOUS and the beech leaves are sooooo beautiful. Actually, all new tree leaves are a wonder, aren’t they? Nothing says “life” as much as a tree!

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