Thursday, 21 August 2014

Update On Poppy, Lots Of Blue Butterflies And A Few Mothy People

Firstly, thank you so much for all your lovely messages yesterday. My little girl is bright and bouncy today and seems to have put the anesthetic firmly behind her. As predicted, my main concern now is how to keep her quiet and prevent her from chewing her stitches. She is under very strict 'very limited exercise' instructions (easier said than done). Today, as a consequence, feels like it has already lasted about twice as long as it should (parents of young children will be familiar with this habit time has of inexplicably stretching at the exact moment your focal point reduces).

She's got a cone of shame as Teddy calls it (we always called them lampshades), and she is also sporting the latest in body-suits as a means of preventing her reaching the stitches. In our case, this means some second hand baby-grows from the local charity shop (age 3-6 months, which shows how tiny wee she is). At a pound each (and 79p in one instance) these are a bargain and beat the £24 medical dog-suit version I found for sale on line hands down. I think she looks rather sweet. She is being immensely good about all the paraphernalia (a degree better than Teddy was).



How apt


I know she is feeling better because she has started cleaning Teddy's teeth again - a sure sign that things are back to normal - and I am typing this with her curled in a ball on my lap - her normal position when I am working at the computer :-)



Who needs a dentist when you've got a Poppy?

Ted giving Pop a mutual groom

'I'm very glad you're home, Pop.'


Exhausted by all that dentistry.....

Her latest outfit and a bargain at 79p
I did manage to get out and find some flutters while she was at the vets. Many of the Blues are starting to look a bit tatty and worn, but they're still beautiful things....These are a mix of Common and Chalkhill: all boys, because the girls refused to sit for their pictures....


Common Blue (male)


This bare-looking patch of chalk is perfect habitat for Chalkhill Blue butterflies and I found lots of them resting on the stones or blades of grass

Chalkhill Blue (male)


Chalkhill Blue (male)






We did see some other creatures while out on our walk. This Skylark (a juvenile, I think) didn't seem that bothered by us and remained just ahead on the path for a while before flying off.


Ladybird

Robin's Pincushion gall growing on rose

Rosebay Willowherb, seeding

Intrepid Hound and Butterfly Hunter Ted

The moth box was out last night and yielded its lowest haul yet with only 20 different species and none new. I am cross because I didn't check them properly first thing, and when I came to look inside I discovered a hornet eating one of them :-(

I did notice this morning that our apple tree is starting to shed orangey/yellow flecked leaves, which means that Sallow time is fast approaching. They are really pretty moths so I am looking forward to seeing them again and posting some on the blog. In the meantime, here is a selection of this morning's offerings....

Six striped rustic

Broad bordered yellow underwing

Common Carpet

Canary shouldered thorn

They are Quite Small really........


Swallow Prominent

Square spot rustic

Swallow Prominent
  I'll leave you with a pic of those two doggy people, very happy to be reunited....

 
Have a good evening all,

CT :-)

 

22 comments:

  1. Really pleased that Poppy is doing well. Love the little baby outfits for her, she looks so sweet in them.

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  2. Poppy and Teddy look so happy together and Poppy doesn't appear at all bothered by her experience or her appearance in your pictures although I am sure that real life is totally different to that!! They are obviously great pals and love each other a lot! xx

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    1. I remember so well the first day she came to live here and Ted looked at us as if his life was over! He wouldn't be without her now xx

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    2. Bless, what sweet pictures. I do hope your wee dog recovers quickly. It is hard to make these decisions on behalf of our animals but they are mostly resilient creatures and soon the collar will be off! Shauna.x

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    3. It can not come too soon, Shauna :-) x

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  3. awww your dogs are so cute :) Lovely photos as usual xx Cone of shame lol

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    1. She is honestly being so patient and sweet about the whole business. The only bit she's cross about is the whole walking in the garden on the lead thing- she wants to be dashing about as usual like a mad thing chasing rats and squirrels with Ted! x

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  4. Such sweet pictures of Poppy, so glad she is doing ok, love that she cleans Teds teeth!!! They look like they are really happy together.
    We were up on Exmoor yesterday, I was ever vigilant, looking for butterflies, but unfortunately didn't see a single one!!! Mind you, it was drizzly, we did see a couple of dippers and many, many sheep!!!
    Have a great weekend
    xxxx

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    1. Big relief that she's on the mend, thanks Linda. This cooler weather is having an effect on the flutters- numbers are certainly down here. It feels like September already, although my husband assures me it will warm up a little next week! xx

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  5. Lovely to see the photos of Teddy and Poppy together - they both look so cute. Glad to hear Poppy is recovering. Good to see some butterflies - there are very few around here now its gone colder and the hoverflies seem to have disappeared now my new book has arrived :( Hoping to put out the moth trap tonight although overnight temps are really cool at the moment. Have a good weekend.

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    1. I succumbed to the hover fly ID book after reading your post and mine has turned up too- looks good, but as you say, fewer about now! Good luck mothing- numbers are def down here. Have a lovely weekend x

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  6. I'm happy to hear Poppy is making a good recovery. That's so funny that she cleans Ted's teeth! My dogs clean each other's ears. :-)

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    1. They are funny, aren't they? All with their own particular habits :-)

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  7. Bless Poppy's little heart! When our mad thing had her operation, the hardest part was taking her out to pee on the leash for 10 days! We were both thoroughly fed up with that. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

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    1. I'm with you a hundred percent on that one- we're there already and it's only day three!! Has the haircut happened yet? :-)

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  8. I love Pop and Ted pics, they're just too cute x

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    1. Thanks Julee :-) They are a Bit Gorgeous xx

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  9. So glad Poppy is ok after her op. Moths look great, but it's a shame the cool nights are reducing numbers...oh, and the hornet too!

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    1. It is a big relief to have her back safe and sound. Only problem now is keeping her quiet enough to allow healing to happen properly! Nights drawing in and cooling down...although next week is set to be a little warmer I think :-)

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  10. Awwww Poppy is so cute in her baby grow! I hope she's continuing to feel better. Fluttery things look great. :-)

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    1. She does look a poppet. Having trouble keeping her quiet now....

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