Frog Spawn

The time of frog spawn is upon us. Two years ago, a very silly frog laid her eggs in a tractor tyre rut in the Oak Field and we spent the next three months topping it up with water, then transporting the young tadpoles to a big plastic box and keeping them fed with boiled lettuce. I put my foot down last year when spawn appeared in the temporary rainfall pond down at the far end of the Long Field. They were put into a bucket and dispatched to a nearby permanent pond. Quite a lovely spot that is ringed with wild irises and covered with water lilies in the summertime.

Last weekend the Long Field pond was filled with four seperate clumps of spawn.

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They reminded me of trà sữa trân châu or ‘pearl milk tea’. A very sweet, very milky iced tea with big black balls of chewy tapioca at the bottom of the glass. It is served with a huge straw to suck up the tapioca balls with. Also known as bubble tea or boba , the drink orginated in Taiwan. I had some at Noodle Planet in Alhambra the last time I was in Southern California, in 2002. It was a cool place with great, cheap pan-Asian food – located in an retrofitted Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. The statue of Bob himself still graced the dining room.

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Bob

But, I digress . . . . . .

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En route to the bucket

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Escapees

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Ready for transport

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New home

When they were put into the water here, there was a frog at the edge of the pond. He may have been one of last year’s relocatees.

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