I DISCOVERED A PICK! over the years i've discovered quite a few old tools lying around the property, three spades (one ex-council), a wonderful old pitchfork discovered on top of the old shed when it was pulled down, and a pick. I've never used a pick and have found it a godsend in digging the pathway through the new circular garden. i'm going to pave it in a mixture of plain and mosaiced terracotta pavers and bricks.
YESTERDAY while photographing the wrens through the kitchen window, an unwelcome visitor appeared from the woodpile and proceeded to wind himself up into the potted frangipani