There’s a cheering sound that greets us through the open windows these days… the gentle ‘aark, aark’ of a little spotted marsh frog (or two?) in a tiny, rocky pond nestled amongst fruit trees, native plants and herbs.
It lifts my heart for several reasons.
One – it’s the sound of life in the garden
Two – it means the magpies have enough to eat without having hunted the poor little creature down yet
Three – it means our rainwater is clean enough to live in
Four – it means the pond hasn’t dried out (pretty important because the bees that make our honey and pollinate our garden love to drink at that pond)
Five – it means frogs and bees are compatible (see above!)
Six – it’s just really cute to listen to. Which is lucky because it’s so good at hiding that I’ll probably never get to see it.