Meet the critics

The corncrakes have returned to the garden for their annual shouting match. In late-April, the first birds arrived and started claiming territory. My garden (much overgrown!) is a regular starting place although they eventually choose somewhere further from buildings to nest. Their constant calling at the start of the season takes some getting used to,

Building a studio

Next job: build a studio in the back garden. A standard building proved to be beyond my budget, so I opted for a polycrub. Developed in Shetland, these are a variant type of polytunnel/greenhouse designed to stand up to 120 mile winds. Ground clearing and gravel laying was completed in January, and the polycrub was