Small Tortoiseshell

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Butterfly wings are extraordinary when you look at them closely – and I got the chance to do that today because this Small Tortoiseshell landed on the patio and stayed there long enough for me to creep up on it. … Continued

Old Campden House

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If you’ve followed my meanderings for any period of time you’ll know that this is one of the Banqueting Houses at Chipping Campden Manor, which have been a minor passion of mine for a number of years, but which I’ve … Continued

Poppies

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This morning R discovered that he had a sudden, urgent need to go to Surrey to buy a guitar. If you’re raising an eyebrow at the word “need”, you’ve obviously never been tutored in the equation by which guitarists calculate … Continued

More mimicry

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Her name is Chrysotoxum cautum, and she’s a hoverfly – but if your first reaction was “Bleurgh – wasp!”, don’t feel bad: that’s what she wants you to think. It’s what I thought too, when I first startled her and … Continued

Playing with food

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It was raining so hard that the Bachmen didn’t dare go out for fear of being washed away, and they were bored and spoiling for mischief. They decided to see what happened if they drilled into a banana – fully … Continued

Fly on Alchemilla

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Despite the fact that it has rained for most of the day, I did manage a couple of hours in the garden, much of it working on the pear tree bed with R. I also did a photo walk and … Continued

Mystery iris

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It rained for most of the day and I didn’t get out into the garden until after lunch, when it suddenly cleared and the sun came out; luckily the dry spell also brought out a lot of hungry bugs, so … Continued

Rosy

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I’ve managed to find a couple of excuses for zooming about in my new car today: this morning there was an alto section rehearsal in Chipping Campden, which I didn’t really want to go to, but suddenly found it vital … Continued

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