It started like this.....
My Man had pulled into a lay-by on the bike, and saw this (rather nice) jacket. He knows of my love of fabric, so he went to investigate, and saw a little chrysalis on the cuff (left side in picture). He brought it home, and I put it for safe keeping in my shed.
The chrysalis was its own glowing little jewel with gold iridescent highlights.
On Monday I went in to check how it was, and saw this....
and the breathtaking, newly born Red Admiral was close by, with wings still wet, and trailing butterfly watercolours on my hands when it crawled on, for me to take it to safety outside. There are many spider friends and sticky webs in my shed.
|Look at those beautiful "magic thread" antennae.|
It quickly tucked itself under a large
and stayed there....
until yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, when it came around to the top of the leaf....
I missed its flight, so I hope it goes safely to wherever it needs to go, and lives to lay its eggs in the Spring. I almost felt like a midwife.
We are back to the grey and wet today, but we have been so grateful for some of this....
On Sunday we went to the beach.
The sea was galloping with happiness
The pebbles were smiling at the sun,
This little moth flew by and carefully chose a safe and sunny stone to rest on, staying for the whole time we were there.
People and dogs were enjoying the sea and the beach, and we....
we sat and soaked it all up, drinking aromatic spicy Chai tea that I had prepared that morning.
We stayed for about three hours, taking photos and film, lying back against surprisingly comfortable stones with eyes closed, writing, mindful of each moment, as days such as this have been so rare for us here this year.
We went to the library book sale and found
a few treasures.
and picked up a bag of gram flour from the
excellent Indian shop, for making pancakes :~)
We met a lovely, friendly feline...
The grasses and mosses on The Tilly Keepers
turned into the hills she sees from where
she rests. I've grown to like them...I
wasn't sure for a while. I did enjoy cutting
the pieces to fit...like making a jigsaw puzzle.
I am now playing with the moons.