Thank you for all your kind comments on my last post - I'd not realized it would create so much interest.
|the plateau at the top of our first bank leading|
up to the second bank's steps & the perimeter fence
In my previous post I briefly mentioned the birdlife we have in our garden. We often hear an owl & even a few Mallard ducks have been known to find their way (a considerable detour from the Brecon Canal) onto our lawn. Treecreepers & Nuthatches are regular visitors as are Wrens & Titmice (Great, Blue, Coal & Longtailed). Often a Robin will come to see what we're doing & during the hard winters the Blackbirds will come & wait expectantly for food which we put out. I've also glimpsed a Greater Spotted Woodpecker & the odd Goldfinch. Various members of the Crow family, including Jays, are also in evidence. An intriguing feature we discovered just at the top of the steps (where the ground starts to level into a small plateau) is an 'anvil' stone which some of the birds use to crack open snail shells - we've seen them do this on our stone terracing.
|the 'anvil' stone with the tell-tale snail shell remains to the right|
(about half way between the stone & the photo's edge - click to enlarge)
|close-up of the snail shell remains|
The hand rail was in a rather sorry state but my husband managed to find the various parts of it scattered amongst the brambles. After reassembling, sanding & treating with preservative plus wood stain it now provides something very solid to grasp whilst ascending the bank approaching our steps leading up to the gate & perimeter fence.
|the approach to the perimeter fence - this was taken prior to |
staining the rail & before we'd started repairing the steps
|the hand rail after painting with wood stain|