27 March 2020

Whatever it is that occasionally leaves deep, triangular divots in our lawn was back overnight. My best guess is a roe deer, although Jon across the way blames badgers for the identical divots on his lawn. I would love him to be correct: I am spectacularly jinxed when it comes to encountering badgers!

Mysterious divot

A second garden bonfire in two days. As I made my way deeper into the huge pile of garden trimmings, I unearthed the remains of four more Christmas trees. I lopped off and incinerated all the branches, keeping the trunks for firewood. Nothing burns like dried Christmas tree branches.

It was surprisingly hazy as Jen and I took our evening walk around the lanes. With this virus lockdown, perhaps I’m not the only one to have been lighting a few bonfires!

Hazy Calder Valley

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Postscript: A few days later, I received strong confirmation of my suspicion that the mysterious divots in our lawn were caused by a roe deer.

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