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Nature watch: Bufo bufo

I’ve just done one of those garden jobs which leave me with wobbly legs and a sore wrist. Chop, chop, chop with the shears at a great mass of vegetation, in this case loosestrife growing under a small tree. The problem is that it’s all tangled up with tall grasses which have seeded in there; I had to chop the flower stems to see where the grass was so I could pull it out. I don’t know what to do with this patch as the tree roots mean I can’t dig out the grass. Anyway, that’s very boring. The interesting thing was that I’d just got down to the last stand, using secateurs by then, when, like a harvester reaching the rabbits, I saw an enormous toad. Why it chooses to live in a garden with no pond, I can’t imagine. I hope it’s been eating slugs. It crawled away slowly enough for me to get a good look at it but of course the camera was indoors. I’ve borrowed this image from Wikipedia. Always something new to see in the garden.

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Your must be lovely all year round. I'd love a large garden, or even a small garden, but I'd hate the gardening that goes with it. My patio and tiny patch of earth is enough.

What fun seeing a toad! Bring on Wind In The Willows!
Luckily, i enjoy gardening and would hate to be without a garden. It does get tiring, though.

I was more surprised than charmed, I admit. Frogs are more fun.
*Giggles* I'm sure that your 'anything' is lovely :) Sorry, glad you could make out my weird sentence missing the vital word of 'garden' :)

Barney told me that he found a frog in the garden the other day :)
We had trouble with the Biodisk (septic tank) last week, and while repairs and observation were going on, a frog was seen to be living there, eating flies! He wasn't the problem, but was removed as we couldn't see how he'd got in or how he'd get out.

Edited at 2013-08-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad out road was converted to mains drainage before I moved in! The old tank cover is still in the grass (I don't call it lawn).

In my old garden, I'd quite often find a frog which would 'boing!' out of my way. There was no pond there, either. The cats used to catch them, which was horrible. The other day I stuck my fork in the ground while I went off to the brown bin, then found I'd speared a dead one. Ugh! Thank goodness I hadn't killed it.
Don't toads live on land and only take to the water to procreate? I seem to remember something like that.

I rather like toads (as long as I don't have to touch them)!
I admit I don't know much about toads! It was the first I've seen in the garden.