Froggie went a-courtin’, and he did ride, mm-hmm

A lovely spring walk in the walled garden at Croft Castle this weekend brought me to the pond. I like the pond, but so does everyone else so you have to be patient and wait until almost closing time to have it to yourself.


The beech hedge is still brown, but the weeping willow is showing signs of new life and at last the bench is empty of people.


But look closer at the pond… and the curious ramp in the corner


and you will see there is life …and new life beginning.


As these frogs get fresh with one another.


I think we should leave them alone, don’t you?


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

48 thoughts on “Froggie went a-courtin’, and he did ride, mm-hmm”

  1. I remember observing a pond with lots of frogs indulging in similar activities this time last year. Quite an orgy, possibly without much in the way of courtship!

  2. The beech hedge outside Beetleypete Towers is still brown, and I am looking at it as I type. Nice to see a walled garden. I would love to have our garden ‘walled’, but the cots of bricks these days…
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  3. Oh my…….is this frog porn? I can’t believe you posted frog porn on your blog! How invasive! My goodness. Here I thought you were just a nice photographer like me and you’re out there actually taking pix of frog porn. Gonna have to rethink things about you……had been prepared to carry you out of a pub too, but now am wondering of you are a frogophile or something. Hmm…..

  4. There’s no privacy anywhere these days, is there? 🙂 🙂
    I thought the shot in your Header was a statue/fountain(?), Jude. Your detailed shots are great. And I always like a singalong.
    I actually sat on a park bench with a book yesterday!

      1. I’d been to t’ai chi and walked home in the morning. Our neighbours have a big cherry tree that throws a lot of shade so I then had to walk down to the park for a sunny spot! Am I off the hook now? 🙂

        1. No, most of these are from last year, which was a fabulous year for blossom. The white’s out up here but not much of the pink yet. It’ll all happen in a rush 🙂

  5. A lovely place, warm and inviting, still awaiting the big storm of blossom.
    I love the contrast of the beech hedges when they are brown. Do you have lots of hedges like we have in Norfolk, where they are very dominant and pretty in the landscape?

    1. Our countryside is filled with hedgerows Dina and narrow, winding roads. It’s also a very pretty landscape though greener and hillier than Norfolk of course 🙂

  6. Oh this is a superb ‘fresh’ take on the challenge Jude, I love froggies 😀 You did so well to get these particular shots – very, ahem, colourful. No shades of grey here 😉

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