The second is through the kitchen double doors.
Now to the matter at hand - I dug out the mud from the top pond and the channel that joins it to the lower pond.
It is back breaking work and I was done for yesterday. The medication I am on reduces muscle power and stamina and don't I know it.
It rained last night so I am disappointed that I have not dug out the main pond and replanted the water lilies whilst the level is low.
Many years ago when I worked a summer at my Uncle David's farm at Wormleighton in the midlands, one day, instead of bringing in the harvest as it was damp, I was sent ditch digging. The bottom of the ditch was five feet below field level and after five spades full I lay on the wet grass in exhaustion. The farm worker I was with laughed and went on all day!
I still have the bottom pond and some of the stream to do - alas!
Snowdrops are out and even the odd wallflower.
I did the RSPB bird survey - disappointing.
As soon as I stopped I noticed a kestrel sitting in one of the big ash trees. This, I think, had caused the paucity of numbers.
And I was hoping for a Hoopoe and a Slavonian Grebe!