We have a lot of wildlife in the garden, but it has been quite difficult to record it ... because we never seem to quite have a camera immediately to hand. So, what have we got here? The most obvious thing is perhaps the frogs:
These inhabit the lake; and in the mating season (which seems to be April - June) their noise is just incredible - some visitors here have refused to believe it is coming from real frogs and have said we were playing recordings over sound systems in the garden! Over the rest of the Spring, Summer and Autumn frogs of various sizes - from tiny little two centimeters and upwards - are found all over the garden and if any noise or vibration approaches then they hop like mad in the direction of the lake. And walking around the lake in the early summer one just sees lots of frogs making leaps into the water and then basking there, with rather self-satisfied expressions. So far we haven't seen any predators at work particularly - no herons come to the lake at the moment, although we have seen plenty in the vicinity ... so far, so good if you're a frog at Le Bruel ......
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Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France