It's been a cold week up here in East Central Scotland, today we've had our first thaw since last weekend. Down to -7°C a couple of nights midweek. Mounds of black mush await me in the garden but I can't, for the life of me find the motivation to get out there. I am trying to be more positive. Some plants may have been reduced to mush but many have bounced right back. With any luck the constant freeze will have seen off many of the bad beasties and the good ones were wise enough to take shelter. The family of hedgehogs we have been feeding since the end of summer are still around. Particularly the 2 youngsters. They visit twice nightly and we can visibly see how much they are growing. It is important we continue to offer them fresh food and water because if they are too small they will go into hibernation and won't waken up. For the first time we had a pair of Gold Crests visiting the garden. I may have started digging out my wildlife pond a bit late in the year, however, it's all done now and I am feeling rather pleased with myself for doing it all on my own. Roll on spring when I can get the underlay, liner and water in there. Oh and did I forget to mention I now have the whole winter to plan which plants I'd like to grow in and around the pond.