Monday, 1 June 2015
Baby birds and butterflies
Of course half term has gone flying by. We walked up on Painswick Beacon and I found several common blue butterflies fluttering in a hollow. Gorgeous. I do love butterflies so much. I wish I was better at identifying them.
We walked down to the river. (Not on the same day!) The tide looked low and you could see sandbanks waiting to trap unwary ships. Most of the big ships have an experienced pilot to bring them up the river, it's not an easy place to navigate.
There's been a little recorder playing here, a bit of puzzling and of course lots of shinning up trees. Also a huge amount of pre-birthday excitement. We might burst! We saw a peacock, such striking birds. Big fat show-offs, but I sometimes get the impression there's not much going on up top. Other than the thought, "Look at me, look at me, aren't I fine, oh yes I am, look!"
The last photo is a picture of a tree we can see from the house. It has a crows' nest in it, maybe you can just make out one of the birds. We've been watching it through binoculars. It's much easier to see through binoculars than with the camera, you can see a baby occasionally, popping his head out and flapping. The wind was horrendous the other morning, it was quite nerve wracking. But the nest held of course. Clever birds. Our book says it's stuck together with mud. And junior sat tight, with a little help from mum. It's quite precarious, being a wild creature. Tonight the wind is really picking up again. My little greenhouse has just blown over. Tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and a chilli pepper are all tipped up inside. We're watching the nest anxiously. I hope they all hold on.
So now it's back to school and the final seven weeks before the summer holidays. The calendar is full and I'm bracing myself for the onslaught of school summer activities. Stay safe and dry, and have a good week. CJ xx