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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 16th March, 2018) Views: 2,178 
Spring is sprung! Froggies-a-courting
 Spring is sprung! Froggies-a-courting   by David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
Just a few of the over 50 frogs in the small pond opposite St Marieís, Standish.

Comment by Mick on 16th March 2018 at 01:12
No sign of any activity in our pond yet


Comment by Garry on 16th March 2018 at 08:14
Mating season great, the birds won't belong, hope the Beast from the East don't put Nature on hold a week or two.


Comment by Howard P on 16th March 2018 at 08:23
I suspect their making Tadpoles for spring.


Comment by Alex on 16th March 2018 at 08:32
Will you be Christening all the tadpoles, Rev.


Comment by irene roberts on 16th March 2018 at 10:06
Rev Long's title for this Springtime photo took me straight back to Ince Central Primary School and a song we used to sing that went, " Mr. Froggy went a-courtin' and he did ride ". I doubt if today's schoolchildren are taught it but they would all be asking the teacher, "What's "Courting", Miss?! Words we were once familiar with have died out now.


Comment by Anne on 16th March 2018 at 11:20
Not seen a real live frog for years, I do see numerous toads and this morning two deer ventured out of the woods.


Comment by Pat McC on 16th March 2018 at 11:27
Initially I thought this was rubbish which had been dropped, until I read Davidís caption. I might need a trip to Specsavers! I remember taking jam jars of tadpoles into school when I was about 8 years old. Spring is on its way, thank goodness.
Irene, I remember an aunt asking if I was courting - I was so embarrassed that she should ask me - how times have changed.
Lovely photograph, thank you.


Comment by Rev David Long on 16th March 2018 at 11:59
Garry - I photographed this two days before the snow, which covered the surface of the pond. I passed again two days after the snow - and there were even more frogs in the tiny pond. It's practically full of spawn now.
In the meantime, Mick, in my own pond, just over 100 yards away, I've only heard a frog plop into the water as I've approached, and there's no sign of frogspawn. The newts are active, though.


Comment by Mick on 16th March 2018 at 13:32
Your lucky to have newts Rev.


Comment by Poet on 16th March 2018 at 15:27
The frogs are going to the Bacchanalia,
Lacquered and varnished they can't wait to get there.
The lads with swaggering crocodile crawl,
The girls in tight leggings
Bulbous eyes weighing each other up.
God has given them this ball!
What sweet revelry,
A frog feast frenzy,
Rolling each others oily green bodies,
In orgiastic glee.


Comment by John on 16th March 2018 at 17:54
Wasn't that pond a lot bigger, some years ago, if I remember rightly?


Comment by B. on 16th March 2018 at 19:21
Itís good the church does things for the over fifties!


Comment by DTease on 16th March 2018 at 19:24
I hope the young lady who kissed all these frogs finally found her prince.


Comment by irene roberts on 16th March 2018 at 21:02
No, she kissed a prince but found a frog, DTease!


Comment by Veronica on 16th March 2018 at 22:00
I remember at school dinners when Semolina was on the menu- we called it frog spawn!
If I had seen all those frogs cavorting in the grass I'm afraid I would have run a mile - not keen at all on them.


Comment by Maureen on 16th March 2018 at 22:44
Veronica,I'm absolutely terrified of frogs.


Comment by Poet on 16th March 2018 at 23:31
Come now Ladies. Can there be a more charming image than Jeremy Fisher sat on a Lily pad holding his rod.


Comment by Veronica on 17th March 2018 at 08:17
Lets face it Poet - Beatrix Potter would have made King Cong look good in watercolour!


Comment by Alan on 17th March 2018 at 16:27
King Kong!!!


Comment by Veronica on 17th March 2018 at 20:32
Well done Alan lad!


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