Today, I have
been getting on really well with all my various writing projects faffing and not getting much of anything done, although I did go into town today and, after living here for 5 years, I have, at long last, joined the local Library, so that’s something!
Of course, my timing, as usual, was well off it being the summer holidays and the library full of young mums with their children busily finding books with which to keep them all occupied for the summer.
Actually, this gladdened my heart to see this, and of course, it brought back so many memories of when I would take my own children to the library and sign them up for the summer reading programmes. They really enjoyed it (I think!)
I noticed at the library today that there is a ‘creepy spider’ story reading coming up and I immediately thought how much my daughter would love that! However, since she is almost 21 I don’t think she would agree with the idea of me signing her up for it. Those days are well and truly over, big, long sigh…………………….
Anyway, I am digressing as usual. Summer has returned to the UK, hot, hot, hot again. What I love about living here, though, is the fact that we know that there will be a break so we can enjoy it when we have it just long enough before we all start complaining that we desperately need rain.
Well, we got our rain for several days and as a result, I can happily report that my water-butt is positively overflowing with rain water! This means that I can now water my garden without dragging the hose out again (and constantly being reminded of the mounting water bill with it).
As you who read my blog will already know, I like to grow lavender and Buddleia (butterfly bush) to attract the bees and butterflies. If I could, I would go even further and have nothing but wildflowers growing, like a meadow, so that I could skip through it merrily every day, happy and free (it’s not going to happen, but I can dream can’t I?)
This year, although the poor ladybirds have all but disappeared, now that the Buddleia has come into it’s full, deep lavender bloom, it has been taken over by a wealth of butterflies which I thought were Red Admirals but having looked them up on the internet, I think are in fact Peacock butterflies?*
Whatever they are, they are very pretty and they share the flowers with the numerous bees who are also buzzing around like they own the place. I am absolutely petrified of wasps but the bees can come as close as they like. They don’t divebomb into your face, try to crawl into your sandwiches and try to attack you angrily with their horrible stinging tails. (We have this pleasure still to come, let’s hope their numbers have been decimated by the colder-than-normal spring…)
I leave you now with these photographs taken today in my garden when I took a short break from all my
hard work procrastinating. May they bring you some sunshine and colour into your corner of the world, wherever that may be.
Butterfly resting on the Buddleia (you can just make out the outline of its ‘eyes’ at the lower corner of its wing)
Two ‘Peacock’ (?) butterflies together, again with their wings closed. I am no expert but I do know that they like to ‘bask’ with their wings open when they need warmth from the sun. Since it is so hot today I’m guessing that this is why they were only opening their wings to fly, having no need to ‘bask’.
You can see three butterflies in this photograph giving slightly more detail of their beautiful colouring.
At last, in all its glory! I won’t tell you how long I stood there waiting for just one of them to open their wings long enough for me to get this shot!
Finally, a photograph of the bees.
‘Butterflies have long mouths’ – quote by me, made when I was 5 years old.I wrote this in a book which I made out of wallpaper in which I drew pictures of butterflies. I misunderstood when the teacher spoke about butterflies having ‘long tongues’.
* If anyone could help me identify these butterflies properly, I would be very grateful 🙂