I've been working very hard in the garden all week, making the most of this glorious spring weather. In the hay barn I found a nest which had been made, then abandoned, last spring. I know who made it - any guesses out there as to its owner? It is beautifully crafted and SO cosy inside and was built inside a haynet hanging from the beams . . . .
Out in the new intake veg/soft fruit area in the paddock, I have laid down old bits of carpet to try and kill the grass a little before I dig it. Yesterday Lucy, our one-eyed cat, could hear the voles beneath it so I rolled it back and found a little vole-town. I took some photos of one part of it - and how easy to build an extension to your home!
First of all the bedroom, cosily lined with chewed up bits of grass woven into a bowl-shape and SO snug.
Then there are the runs in-between the "rooms" - no need for a roof with a carpet on top, but normally they just go beneath the top layer of longish grass. My cats spend hours hunting in the paddock now it is overgrown.
Finally, the loo. If you look in the centre between the two stems forming a V, you can see droppings. I never knew they were such tidy creatures, and clean in their habits.
Next time one of the cats brings one home, I shall think of the family it left behind . . .
Here's Lucy sniffing them out!