I took this morning off to hear Zoe read a poem out at the school's Scottish Assembly and then took Jasmine for a long walk as it was such a fantastic day.
This was the welcoming committee when I got home - 3 beautiful does in the field next door. It is the first time this year that I have seen them in the daylight.
Though I knew they were about. . . . They have actually been doing a fair amount of damage in the cutting garden - this photo is of some tulips shoots nibbled level with the ground.
Still, I couldn't possibly get someone in to shoot them - much as I like venison. They are beautiful creatures, in much better condition after the mild winter than they were this time last year.
They stop eating our plants once the grass and wild flowers begin to grow again in the fields.
I have stretched netting over the tulips- they will have raggy looking leaves but the flowers will be fine.