Summer is fading but the weather hasn't changed to an autumn breeze just yet. This year has been different for us, without day trips to our favourite locations whether that was in the country side or at the coast. I have had to rest and try to unwind but this doesn't stop me feeling guilty about updating our blog. I listened to the birds singing earlier this evening, they reminded me that they haven't been as vocal as they moulted their feathers after raising their broods. They tend to be quieter as they aren't as strong in flight but tonight they are preening their new feathers preparing for Autumn after their broods have flown the nest. House martins are leaving, sad to see them go but it's all part of nature and the reason we enjoy the seasons.
I have missed all the butterflies we found last year but over the last week or so our garden has welcomed an amazing amount of Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, Large White and even a Speckled Wood. We have an army of small Tortoiseshell caterpillars munching the nasturtiums, thankfully we don't use pesticides so they can eat their fill!
I have watched their flight, the way they bask in the sunshine, fluttering from sedum to buddleia, sharing the nectar with bees. Dad has seen the honey bee in our garden too. We thought our shrubs were going to flower too late but just as they burst, the sun shone, the day's warmed up and the dancing began. Some days I could only watch as I couldn't go outside but I just had to go out when I saw their tiny wings to take a few photos although I still need to be outside when the Peacock and Painted lady are there. Tonight I will share the small tortoiseshell who came to visit our garden brining joy on their colourful, delicate wings.
One day at a time, perhaps we will see the leaves falling and capture the colours of Autumn to share, until I am ready to be out again I am watching outside my window as nature laughs in the sunshine and the birds rejoice their notes ascending while the butterflies count not the months yet have the time enough.
Thank you for waiting for alongcamedad to be Two on the Loose again