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Last Butterflies

As it is turning autumnal I expect to be seeing fewer and fewer butterflies, so I thought I’d post a few of those I’ve seen recently.

From a couple of weeks ago, this is the one and only shot I’ve had of a Small Copper this year. It’s not great, but as it was the only one I’ve seen, I’m not too fussed by the quality!

Then there was this Comma butterfly, again the only one I’d seen in our garden this year (although I saw another one down in Bristol):

Last weekend, on one of my first ventures out after being ill, I spotted this Red Admiral enjoying the ivy:

And finally one from yesterday! A Small White:

Autumn Bounty

Autumn is firmly here, despite a few warm days. Mornings start cold and misty, and today there was a touch of frost. The trees are changing colour. Currently the Beech is turning yellow and later in the year it will turn to brown.

Along the wall by the church, the cotoneaster is covered in berries and the tiny ferns are loaded with spores:

In the hedgerow the Honeysuckle has mostly turned to berries, with an occasional flower remaining.

The Blackthorn sloes are big and fat, with their usual blue-ish ‘blush’:

The Dog Rose hips are fat and bright in the hedges:

I couldn’t find so many hazelnuts, so either they’ve been eaten or I just didn’t look hard enough.

The big Oak tree has definitely decided it’s autumn – the leaves are falling and there are a fair few acorns on the ground:

Another thing I spotted was several of the Hazels have started growing little catkins. I guess these are the ones I will see all opened up and dangly in the spring.

Garden Tour

I thought I’d show you the pond today. I mentioned when replying to a comment that I really should show you how the pond is going. It looks alot more natural now.

Here’s the pond with our garden chairs where we sit and watch the pondskaters and hope to catch sight of frogs:

And here’s me in my usual position sat looking at it:

Looking from the other side, with the last of the Ragwort:

Another view of the pond where you can see the pond plants (Frogbits and Water Soldiers):

And on the other side of the house, where the Beech tree is starting to change colour – it’s definitely autumnal here:

The sun came sparkling through the tree while I was taking photos, so of course I took a photo of it!