I've been into the garden this morning and laid a sheet of cardboard on the lawn so that the birds can find their breakfast in the 4 inches of snow we've had overnight. I was and am concerned to see that both of my ponds have almost emptied themselves. The only explantion we can think of is the the hose had become frozen and the water has been diverted. I have to think of a way of topping the ponds up because I'm worried about the frogs in the bottom of the bigger pond and that the pumps may be damaged by the really cold weather. I don't think I can put the hose on because the outside tap appears to be frozen so I think the family are going to have to make a chain gang so we can top the ponds up from buckets!!
When I looked out of the bathroom window at 5:15 this morning it looked like a boat had been dragged across the lawn, I can only think that a badger had been for a later dinner. Thankfully I had put extra peanuts out, hopefully that will help sustain them until the weather warms up.