Bank Holiday Monday was a proper August day weather-wise, warm and sunny. I decided to do a spot of reading in the garden (not bad, as it happens) by the pond. The bees were buzzing around me and it was clam and peaceful. A large yellow frog hopped across the ground in front of me and plopped into the pond.
It was the first frog I've seen this summer, though I hear them in the evenings, unless you count the ones the cat brings up from the cellar. These are tiny and I really don't know how they got in there, they were living in a corner by the water inlet pipe, it's dampish I suppose and there are plenty of woodlice and spiders down there. I did a quick hunt and rescued a further three on top of the three the cat deposited in the kitchen, unharmed.
So, I'm in the garden relaxing, soaking up a few rays and thinking how lovely it all is when there's a tickle on my hand. Without thinking, I slapped at the spot. Which caused the wasp sitting there to promptly sting me and make a lot of annoyed fizzing noises. I've been stung quite a few times in the garden and they don't really hurt any more, it was my own fault, I usually wouldn't flap or swipe at wasps but my lightning reflexes just kicked in there. Hmm.
And then, this morning I was in the kitchen when some movement outside the window caught my eye. Ahh, I thought, a little wren in the climbing hydrangea. Mais non. It was a little mouse doing a bit of rock climbing up onto the outhouse roof. No idea what he'd be doing up there unless it's caterpillars maybe, I imagine he'd know his way down again, it looked like he was an old hand.
In other news: My computer is rebelling at the moment. The internet security (which didn't come cheap) keeps crashing. My re-boot times are astonishing, in a bad way, and the whole thing spends more time hovering in a state of semi-coma than is reasonable. Thus, I'm avoiding it for long periods as I have a long held belief that if you ignore a problem for long enough it will either solve itself or disappear. Failing that, hitting it with a shoe has always proved effective in the past.