Our cheeky squirrel does his very best to deprive the birds of their peanuts - sometimes almost falling off the tree in his eagerness to guzzle those peanutty morsels.
In the evenings, I quite often go down to the bottom of the garden - "down in the dell" and sit or stand, very very quietly, just listening to the varied sounds of the world getting ready for moonlight. As I watch and wait, this rose fills the air with it's beautiful scent. I wish I could describe it adequately, or translate it into pixels or bits and bytes to share it with you. It is part vanilla, park musk, not too sweet, slightly luxurious but delicate enough not to overpower. If you go up close and sniff, each individual flower has an almost not there aroma, but put all together, it fills the dell, coming and going depending on the breeze, sometimes tantalising, sometimes enveloping, always utterly delightful. The individual flowers are beautifully delicate, but the plant itself is an Amazon.
It clambers about, scrambling across all in its path, reaching, oh twenty or more feet up into the ash, spruce and birch trees around it - so high in fact that when I tried to take a picture to give some sense of it's scale the individual flowers almost disappeared, but if you look very closely you'll see that it has scrambled half way up the trunk here as it reaches high, high to the blue blue sky to hold its cupped flowers to the evening light.
As I sit in the quiet evening air I listen for the badgers coming out from their den. The birds' evening calls gradually quieten, the sun sinks behind the trees in a glory of purple and gold, dusk creeps out from beneath the darkening leaves and suddenly, with a hushed rustling they are there. They scuffle and scruffle about in the undergrowth, grunting and chittering and huffing to each other, rolling and tumbling amongst the grasses and wild flowers, then scampering across from one garden to the other, taking no heed at all of our irrelevant human boundaries, which are but recent additions in the long history of their great Badger Citadel. They move so quickly and are often so deep in the undergrowth that I can only catch glimpses, but the thrill of hearing them playing together, following their movements by sound alone has a deep magic. As friend said only yesterday, to photograph that would somehow chase the magic away.
On lighter evenings though, I can capture the things that are giving me pleasure at the moment. The flowers of the leeks, just bursting from their papery cases