So in my update on the veggie patch I labelled the compost heap a morgue for the failed vegetables. Well to some extent this remained true as the weaker ‘thinnings’ were fed to the devouring pit. However, just as one life might be ending, others are just beginning. Above the compost, hidden in the blackberry trails, is a beautifully formed cup of a nest. By standing on a crate and holding the camera above me I hoped for the best and below we have conclusive proof of the start to new life. A pair of Spotted Fly-Catchers have laid five eggs and we hope that the creche will come alive with chirping chicks. It’s never dull out in the country where nature continues its own little soap opera of beauty.