It looks as if summer might have finally decided to stay for a day or two – the weather has been dry and warmer today – though with a breeze that made walking a pleasure.
I have continued the major works in all sheds, garages and garden – but, hey, the sun was shining, so I combined my "downtime" with a walk in the woods. (Officially known as "exercise" when I’m feeling guilty). I never fail to feel immensely lucky that this spectacular woodland is literally across the road from me – complete with metalled road down through its middle, and sideshoot pathways all along it for intermittent wilder forays.
Here's some new growth on a rhododendron
Let's go off the beaten track
A moth sunning itself, beetles doing all SORTS of things in the sun!
The Secret Lake
I generally freak out over unexpected spiders - but I must admit to a sneaking admiration for the contruction of this hidey-hole - (click on all these images for a bigger view)
I think that's enough wildlife for one walk!
Right. I'm back.
A couple or three more hours work and the shed is nearly finished now. The garage would be half done as well if the STUPID "no bolt" shelving bought from Homebase yesterday had actually had even 1% chance of fitting together – as it was, it was returned to the store (after much bashing with mallets and squirting with WD 40 – and for goodness sakes, that works with EVERYTHING!!) – with an admonition to the Manager ready prepared, that if he could put it together, we would accept it.
No problem – it was accepted back without question. (I will look elsewhere for metal shelving – Haynes, the furniture warehouse just outside Wantage should be a good bet. Tried FreeCycle, but nobody giving any away today. More about the shelving search anon.).
Oh, enough of all this talk of clearing and cleaning – these are the beasts in my garden that have come out to play now that the sun has started to shine – much more interesting, don’t you agree?
Firstly, Queen Beast of all she surveys......Lissie, contemplating the possible pleasures of butterfly hunting.
Here is the object of her "affections" - a lowly Cabbage White, but our own....
Exhaustion... (No, she didn't catch it!)
And finally for today, the real workers of the garden on an eryngium – aren’t they just beautiful? Now I know it's summer again.