Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Hopping into Spring



When I was in the yard this morning, I thought I heard the phut, phut, phut of a quad bike coming across the fields, I was wrong, it was the sound of amphibian activity in the pond. Mr Froggy has gone a courting

Pond life 09

The light was pretty dull and dismal this morning, but I’m sure there will be plenty of photo opportunities over the next few weeks; there was last year, and I didn’t have a long lens then, so Mr Frog and Mr Toad (and maybe even the odd newt, we’ve never seen any newts  but we have ‘local intelligence’ that they are around here) show me your best side, the World Wide Web is waiting.

It’s 20 years this month since the ‘birth’ the WWW, I don’t imagine Tim Berners-Lee had garden ponds in mind at the time


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Hopping into Spring

  1. Well, that definitely is a sign that spring is imminent! It still dips below 0 C here at night, so it will be most welcome. Yesterday was beautiful though, so hopefully ponds will be coming to life here, too. Looking forward to seeing more photos 🙂

  2. At first when I saw your photo, all I could see was lumpy mud. Then I saw the eys. Lots of eyes! Fun shot.

  3. We had a pair of toads in our pond in the er, missionary position.. I didn’t try to photo them, I don’t know why, other than er, the obvious.. reflections! The frogs have been right busy too. I know we have newts, I have not seen them in the pond, and I am not sure what to look for when they spawn ( is that what they do?). I have some good piccies of the frogs (not in flagro delecto I hasten to add) The eyes are amazing.

  4. It would’ve taken me hours to see the frogs if you hadn’t said there were frogs in the photo. Great shot.

    • I’ve just realised, I posted that photo when I was wearing my glasses with tinted lens’s; can I recommend rose coloured spectacles for frog spotting! I promise to do a less camouflaged version.

  5. Can this be right but we have some spawn in our pond.


    By the way , answer me this how do the frogs keep coming back to our garden when its totally sealed. There isnt a way n but each year the pond gets loads of frogs, toads.
    Its one of natures wonders

  6. As usual, your frogs are ahead of the game. There is, however, quite a bit of frogging in our pond already, and we look forward to a better year for tadpoles now that the fish have gone. They all died in the big freeze. I would have asked for them to be rehomed in your pond, Mrs Uhdd – they eat all the tadpoles and we are left with virtually no baby frogs. Unfortunately the local heron discovered our pond this winter so he may be back for the froglets. (Funny how herons are always ‘he’.)

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