I nearly always forget to take proper "Before" shots before (ahem) starting a new project. But I always, always regret it. "Before" is not a moment that can ever be recaptured in all its natural glory.
For example, long-term readers may remember this shot from way back in November 2007, nearly before work on the orchard began:
Here's the orchard today ("After" shots are easy):
Complete with new dividing fence which means we can rest the ground every six months to help keep the chickens healthy:
More recent readers may remember this shot from last November, almost-before I let the pigs into a new piece of woodland:
And here's what the pigs have done to it after almost exactly two months:
Even more recent readers may have seen this shot of the field from just over a month ago, not very before the triticale we hand-planted started poking through the soil:
And this is what it looked like shortly after noon today:
But this is the reason for today's blog post - a genuine, bona fide "Before" shot of the new Tree Bog:
Now all I've got to do is build it.