Lots of little surprises over the last week have kept us smiling.
In the garden four different types of poppy have emerged from their tightly furled heads.
I somehow thought they would all be red ones.
On the bird feeders a Great Spotted Woodpecker appeared. The first time we've ever seen one in the garden.
What a thrill. The feeders have been busy with adult birds and their fledglings, especially sparrows, starlings, blue tits, blackbirds and collard doves. We had to go out and buy more fat balls because they seem to be eating two a day at the moment. Such voracious appetites.
Including making strawberry cordial, strawberry preserve and strawberry and rhubarb jam. The surprise here is that the strawberry jam set properly as it is a particularly difficult one to get just right. We've had jam before that hasn't set firmly enough and also a damson jam that almost had to be sliced it was so solid.
This morning these two little badges came in the post from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust as a thank you for being members for ten years. How lovely. I'll pin mine to my sun hat. Last week we visited RSPB Coombes Valley. I'll be back with photos later in the week.
Hues of purples and blues, always a lovely surprise.