So now I'm covered in mud (again) and my back will be complaining (but later). I'd told myself I wouldn't do any more work on the pond but the shape wasn't quite right and the root that divided it in two needed removing- and so on.
But now I will leave it alone- really I will- because I want the grass and whatever else is there to grow over the dyke and the critters to move in- which they won't if I keep disturbing them. So far I'm mostly seeing insects- but was that a pair of ducks I startled as I walked down the field? I about 80% sure it was- but they didn't rise above the tree line so I can't be sure.