We went for a ‘Farm Walk’ on Sunday. The sun was shining and it wasn’t even too cold out, perfect for a wander around the paddocks letting of steam while The Baldy Boy slept (yes I know it was Fathers Day but he had to work night shift and we don’t celebrate anyway). We had a look at the veggie garden, our peas are sprouting! We wandered around the orchard and collected a few branches of blossoms that the pesky cockatoos had chewed off our plum trees. We let the chooks out. We said hello to the ponies who are currently staying in our back paddock. We checked out the ‘treasures’ and other farm junk behind the shed. Then we headed down to see if there was any water in the dam.
We’ve had a little rain here lately. Some short sharp dumps of rain, not a lot but more than we’ve had in quite a while, so for the first time in a long long long time the dam has water in it. It’s not full, it’s not even half full, but it’s got more than a puddle, just enough for a bit of mud puddling.
They got very mudddy, and wet, and smelly but if you can’t have fun splashing in the water, playing in the mud, looking for frogs, and floating leaves in your dam then what is the point of having one? It was glorious – and I was only watching!
We think we found some frog’s eggs too!
We have plenty of frogs, we find them in the oddest places. In the strawberry patch, among the wood pile, in a bucket in the sandpit, and you can hear them every time it rains, but we’ve never seen tadpoles, or eggs. Frog experts out there… are these possibly frogs eggs??
Could we scoop them up and put them in a tank and watch tadpoles and frogs develop? Unless we continue to get a lot of rain the dam will dry up again when the days get consistently sunny and warm and I am guessing that will happen pretty soon, well before the tadpoles make it into frogs. So I am wondering about a little frog rescue fun? Would popping them in a tank with the dam water and a few rocks and reeds from the dam give us half a chance to see them develop? or do we need some kind of fancy frog growing set up?
The next sunny day, when we have nothing better to do you can be sure we’ll be back down at the dam to see if there is still a bit water for mud puddling!