Spent a very enjoyable afternoon gazing into the pond - I did do a tiny bit of work , but the ground is so dry and hard that it didn't take long to give in to temptation
Saw our first damsel fly visitors today - 3 red ones in total:
Think this may be one of their lavae - we seem to have several at different stages of development. Sometimes the bigger ones 'tails' seem to glimmer red in the sunlight.
There are now 4 frogs living in the pond, three are very small and one is absolutely tiny. OH has been very envious of the leg stroking incident and was nearly beside himself when he was able to stroke the braver of the frogs on its head.
They seem to be getting used to us - we were able to lift one of them out of the water for a picture.
Spotted this little fella swimming around just as we were leaving. He is tiny and extremely cute. In the pictures he looks a similar size due to cropping, but you'll notice he's the length of a fingernail, whereas the others are at least half a finger.
The tadpoles haven't changed much at all
here's one of the skaters during a more mellow moment
Getting lots of thirsty bees and wasps visiting the pond for a drink. Had to rescue one of the bees which was too heavy for the bit of duckweed it tried to land on and ended up sinking