A good day to get covered in mud while coiling up the hosepipes.
A good day to get covered in mud turning the compost heaps.
I did both of these things.
I noticed that some of the outgoing wasps were carrying something white, and when one of them, a small wasp carrying a blob almost as big as it was, actually dropped it, I got a chance to see what it was.
It was a pupa, presumably a wasp pupa. I took a picture, but I don't seem to be able to do close-ups, so all I got was a white blob.
I wonder why they were moving their young? Wikipedia tells me that all except the queens die off when it gets cold, so what would be the point in moving the pupae? Perhaps the pupa was dead and they were tidying up.
I moved most of the compost to the next bay, but I left the bit around the nest undisturbed. Just a big softie, me.
The apple tree is starting to let go of its apples at last, there are some quite big ones on this year
It doesn't look like the dreaded club root though, the roots look okay, if a little stunted. The heads seem to have developed so far, but then stopped before they filled out, perhaps when the dry spell ended and the rainy season began. They are in the wet end of the plot but I thought they would be okay after the dry summer. Wrong.