I always take the camera out with me first thing in case there are Interesting Moths on the grass, so imagine my delight when I saw this Lovely Person frozen in an attitude of comic stillness on the path near the Wildlife Pond (I can call it the Wildlife Pond with confidence now, because of all the wildlife that lives there).
"If I stay ABSOLUTELY STILL,
don't move my lips and don't-say-a-word, she won't-even-know-I'm-here... "
I've never seen a frog be quite so still for quite so long. Even when Ted is licking them they tend to wriggle away in the end after an initial trying-to-brave-it-out period (can't say I blame them). I had to go away after a few minutes because it felt cruel keeping him on pause like that, and besides, his legs were starting to wobble and I thought he might fall over, which would probably have embarrassed him. By the time I returned he was in the pond! Actually in the pond. It made my day. And it was only 5.30am!
"Ah, this is the life...."
"You'll never guess who's here!" I said excitedly.
"Ah," said M, peering into the water. "Mr Toad."
"It's Mr Frog," I said impatiently. "Do you think he's going a-wooing?"
"Bit late for going a-wooing," M replied, "I expect he'll a-woo next Spring."
Ah well, hopefully we'll have froglets then (is that even a word?).
I think we can safely say that the pond is officially A Wildlife Success. Here's an up to date pic taken this afternoon. OK. It does looks a wee bit shambolic, and it has been taken over in recent weeks by bloomin blanket weed (I have fought back and added some special treatment which is, at long last, killing the vile stuff- apparently it is a bad year for it) but wildlife ponds aren't supposed to be pristine and shiny are they? (wonder if I can sell that as an excuse for the house? It wouldn't be that far-fetched right now because the walls and ceilings are currently in a high state of moth).
I lingered to take some photos of the plants which are blossoming and bee-ridden all around the pond, but not for long because the poor dead snake is on the steps to the children's play house (terrible mother) waiting to be buried and gently decomposing in the meantime. In all this heat it don't smell too good. Still, we won't focus on that. Here are some lovely flowers and the odd bee for you to enjoy.....
I hadn't intended them all to start with "S", but it offers a nice kind of symmetry..
Bee enjoying the Salvia
Other things doing well in the garden include...
Hanging Basket Toms
(as long as he's in the shade)
But not Strawberries.
They Have All Disappeared!!!!!
Who could have eaten them?....
The Great Tit's Child?
Now you're just being ridiculous.
We all know who has eaten EVERY LAST STRAWBERRY SINCE YESTERDAY because we saw them doing it.......
M is aware and has countered with The Threat Of Netting, which should make it harder for them. They are just so cheeky I find it hard to be cross.
The other things that have been cheeky today are the moths, who have begun to Perfect The Art Of Escaping and have learnt to fly through open doors into Other Rooms. So far, the unexpected places they have turned up today include.....
An Ele Hawk pretending to be a miniature-milk-bottle-who-is-really-a-vase
A Poplar Hawk Pretending to be a Paint Brush
A Rosy Footman admiring the Sporting Trophies on the top of the Welsh Dresser
(can you spot her in the bottom right of the photo?)
A Rivulet pretending to be a humourous sign
A Magpie and a Coronet admiring the blinds...
A Garden Tiger doing a bad job of blending in behind a candle
A Brimstone looking out of the window
And what has to be the worst place ever to chose to hide- Ele Hawk under a shoe on the stairs
Another Ele Hawk displaying extremely good taste when it comes to choosing champagne
Two Peppered Moths who think they look like Halumi and Roasted Veg
And what is my personal favourite...
A Poplar Hawk who thinks he is a plug
I've an interesting batch of moths today with plenty I've not seen before so it's taking me a while to sort out who they are. My efforts have been hampered by the regulation 200 assorted fluttery people who flew out of the box when I opened it first thing periodically shifting as the day has gone on, some of them settling on my feet and shoulders and going back to sleep, making moving them difficult. So I have been working in contorted positions trying to accommodate my sleeping fluttery friends and the whole thing has taken rather longer than it might otherwise have done.
Friday again. I hope you all have a super weekend wherever you are. Keep cool and enjoy this amazing weather we have here in the UK if you're here, and if you're reading this from outside the UK I hope your weather is lovely too and you also have a nice weekend.