We noticed Pip patting and poking something in the front garden just now - amongst the pebbles of the drive, far from any ponds - but not far from the water sodden ground that is all around at the moment. Off I went, on yet another rescue mission - to recover - I thought - yet another mouse, vole or bird. This is what I found instead - a very lethargic, very large and beautiful frog.
Clearly ready to be settling down for the winter, I took it down to the pond, where - with threee good kicks, it went across and down - into the water and the mud.
Sleep well and safely, fellow creature - until Springtime comes again.