I had to do a bit of work on the pond today, nothing serious just some adjustments to plant-pot depths and side levels. I started taking a few of the pots out of the water, and suddenly saw a movement out of the corner of my eye and heard a plop!
Crouchy the Common Frog
Let me introduce you to “Crouchy” the common frog. Named after the new Portsmouth FC striker Peter Crouch … who also has very long, thin, gangly legs.
So where do frogs come from? Yes, OK I know, I can hear you saying “tadpoles” – Oh and some joker’s saying “frog-spawn”. Very funny! What I mean is this frog has just appeared. The V-team dug my pond on the 16th of June and now here we are on the 14th of July and he’s just… sort of… “appeared”.
I washed off all the plants that I begged, borrowed and stole from friends ponds (so he didn’t come in that way), and as far as I know there isn’t another pond in the whole of our road.
So how did he know that I had a pond? Where did he come from? Are there hundreds of “wandering frogs” all looking for a good home, and sometimes they just trip (or hop) over a new pond? Or does the word go round the frog community that there’s a des-res down the road looking for a new occupant?
Who knows, anyway he looks pretty healthy (a lot of this year’s frogs aren’t) and I’m glad he’s here… cos I’ve got loads of slugs!
Welcome Crouchy and lets hope you have a good season!