Want to cut back the bay tree on the terrace? Can't. Blackbird still nesting in it - her third brood.
Want to clean the gutters? (All right, 'want' might be just a tiny bit of an exaggeration ...) Can't. Blue tit nest in hole just underneath.
Want to put new light up on L'Atelier's terrace? Can't. Black redstart feeding young in nest right next to the door, here:
Readers with a photographic memory (pun unintended) might recognise this niche as one rejected by The Most Persistent Wren On The Planet three years ago (oh my god!!!!! Three years!!!!!!!!!!) ....
Not that we're short of things to do. The gardens are in their Forth Bridge mode at the moment: just keeping the grass and the brush and the weeds down takes around 18 hours a week (a horrified friend recently declared that "n