Look! It’s the tame magpie. He’s famous on our allotment, everyone is talking about how he likes to land on your shoulders while you dig. I didn’t believe he existed until he came to visit while I was digging up the last of the potatoes a few days ago. He landed on the wheelbarrow first to check me out then hopped over to see what I was digging. He was right underneath me and busied himself with eating the woodlice that had been unearthed while I was digging. And he wouldn’t leave – I had to literally nudge him with my fork so that I could carry on digging. He didn’t like that and so hopped into the basket of plenty and pecked my courgettes a few times – just to annoy me. He’s sweet though, magpies are very colourful close up – his feathers are bright blue, black and green – with a shimmer on them like oil on water. You can see the green manure has gone a bit mental in the background.