The fence at the back of the house, which is our responsibility to maintain, needs replacing. It was pretty dire when we moved in two and a half years ago, but this winter has seen it off.
The work will have to wait for a while longer now, though, as someone else is also busy building just on the other side.
Mr and Mrs Robin are nest building and I don't want to disturb their efforts. They fly into our garden to forage for moss and bits of leaf and general mange. Of which we have an impressive supply.
The pictures are not taken using some special art-house effect lens. No, it's the veil of filth on the back kitchen window. So atmospheric, and almost as effective as net curtains when we can't be bothered to get the step ladders out and swill them down.
I came home from work the other day and found a business card on the mat. Do You Need a Window Cleaner? Well...
He looks like the Headless Robin here, but he's actually just got a beak full of moss. They work all day and take it in turns to do a bit here and there. The other one, that I didn't manage to photo, has a white mark on the right wing and has been in the garden all the time we've been here. The front garden pair are much friendlier and nosey- they don't mind people at all, but I haven't seen them nesting yet.
Jennifer has also been writing about her robins. But they are somewhat different foreign robins. A bit more exotic and flamboyant. Do you think they'd recognise each other as cousins?