Insect Life Returning

Dawn skies over Downton presaged similar weather to yesterday,

especially when casting its light on Becky’s aptly named painting of a ‘Troll in a Storm’ – although when brightening Giles’s stained glass it appeared more optimistic.

The elements did follow yesterday’s pattern although without the rain which only threatened with the occasional forbidding frown.

While Jackie completed her work on the Brick Path

I concentrated my clearing and bagging up of refuse, my dead heading, and my weeding on the Back Drive where

day lilies, honeysuckle, and roses now look somewhat tidier; and

insect life, like Red Admiral butterflies

and crickets, seems to be returning.

Tired as she was, Jackie was able to bale out yesterday’s waterlogged wheelbarrow and continue her planting after lunch.

This evening we all dined on tempura and hot and spicy prawn preparations on a bed of Jackie’s colourful savoury rice topped with a thick and tasty omelette, with which she drank more of the rosé and I drank Moldovan Merlot, part of Becky and Ian’s Father’s Day set.


    1. Thanks very much, Sherry. As Tootlepedal pointed out, that was a Red Admiral (Jackie had seen a Peacock earlier`0

  1. Even here, I am expecting more butterflies in the coming days. So far, they have been a welcome exception rather than the rule.

  2. I love love LOVE that photo of Jackie!!! Give her a hug from me. ????❤️ …oh, and your garden is gorgeous, Derrick! ????

  3. Possibly a red admiral and not a peacock but very welcome all the same. We haven’t seen one in our garden for some weeks after the early flush.

  4. Great work, Jackie! And your beautiful smile always makes me smile! ❤️
    Great photos, Derrick! The skies, the capturing of the light, the garden, the plants and flowers, and the little bugs!
    I get excited every spring and summer when the butterflies, bees, crickets, grasshoppers, ladybugs, and dragonflies return from their winter vacation! (wink, wink)
    The mosquitoes could stay gone if they want to…but, oh well, they return in the summer. (eek!)
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. I enlarged the picture to get a better look at Becky’s Troll in a Storm. Really liked it! Full of movement. Also beautiful path and butterfly. Hope Jackie got some rest.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie. Jackie had a good night’s sleep and got in the garden again this morning. Becky made that painting when she was 6.

  6. Beautiful photos and I love your captures of the moody sky. Jackie’s pretty smile is most contagious.

  7. Beautiful. Love the brick paths.
    I came home from work yesterday, looking forward to seeing if my cucumber was ready to be picked (it was just a bit small the days before). To my dismay some nefarious beastie had come by and chomped it and gave my vines a serious haircut!

  8. I don’t think I’ve seen any butterflies yet.
    Jackie you look so relaxed, even after your garden grafting. I envy your energy… not to mention your gardening skills.

    1. Thank you so much Sue, I was not feeling very energetic when D took the picture!

  9. I enjoy these virtual wanders about your garden, Derrick and Jackie. The stone pathway looks beautiful! You both have a love of gardening that is visible in your photos.

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