We leave it tidy(ish) in at the end of April, and return to it, still in a reasonable state, if a little overgrown, at the end of October, when we come back from France.
During the winter months when we are in our Yorkshire home, we can sit and watch the pond, with the birds darting around from the overhanging trees. We have seen the occasional mouse creeping out from under the compost bin, and squirrels visit from time to time.
At this time of year, some colour starts to appear and the green shoots promise that once again, my tiny self sufficient garden is about to bloom.
This year, we have had a few unexpected guests.
We don't know where this baby rabbit has come from and ....
yesterday, what I thought was the return of one of our mice turned out to be somewhat larger......
Living so close to the canal, I'm surprised we haven't seen rats before.....this one looks friendly ! I think he's a baby too. So, he is welcome, I just hope he gets on with the rabbit.