I thought you might like to see the profiteroles I made (I'm showing off here because I put them on a proper cake stand for once, built them into a tower, stuffed cream inside them and then drizzled chocolate all over them and they did look Rather Appealing.....).
The topic of conversation found its way round to job satisfaction, and I promise I did try very hard not to get on my ecological soap box, but in my defence I find it incredibly exasperating when otherwise intelligent people fail to grasp the severity of the situation our wild things are facing and brush it aside with an arm waving dismissively in the air in a kind-of: 'Oh, we'll find a way through,' attitude.
Because we won't. We've buggered things up and we need to take responsibility for it, address it and do something about it before it's too late, which is more or less what I said on Saturday.
We've been looking at Ecosystem Services at college, and while it saddens me that nature has to be put in an economic bracket, I get that for many people that is the only way to make them understand its value, relevance and importance to us all and therefore ensure that they help sort the problems that we've created out.
Drinking water is a good example. Currently an enormous problem in the UK, many of our water courses have been polluted to the extent that it is now not possible to get them clean enough to drink without major costs involved. And so, in the South at least, water is currently being shipped in in vast quantities from abroad in order to meet demand. That's an ecosystem service that we all rely on that has worked perfectly for thousands of years: it's only in the last fifty that we've managed to bugger it up to the extent that it's now not working at all.
Ecosystems also provide us with the soil that we grow our food in and the air that we breath, so these things are not remote: they are fundamental to all of us.
This is the kind of thing I try to explain and get exasperated when it's waved aside as if it doesn't matter. Doubtless there will be more about it in the British Wildlife Journal that I've just treated myself to. The first issue arrived over the weekend and I am looking forward to lighting the fire this evening, pouring a large glass of wine and settling down for a Good Read....
I am persevering with the moths as the weather turns, and this has proved worthwhile because I've had six new species in the last two outings alone, three of which are new for the garden. This morning I discovered a Vestal in the box, which is Very Exciting because I have long wanted to see one....
I know it may not look like much, but there is something about Vestal Moths that intrigues me. They are almost all immigrants from Southern Europe (it's too cold in the UK for them to breed), and that in itself always makes a moth special to me. This little one only measures 22mm yet it's flown across the sea to reach these shores, as its ancestors have been doing for centuries. This one is a lovely rich pink colour, but they also come in a more creamy variety where the blush pink stripe really stands out.
The other New Arrival was this lovely Mottled Umber, another moth I've never seen before. I knew what the Vestal was as soon as I laid eyes on it, but this one I had to look up....
It's from the Geometridae family which includes the Peppered Moths and the Thorns. It's one of those moths where the females are flightless, so the one above is a male. Their flight season is October to January, so it's a winter moth and its arrival here during the night is therefore bang-on. It's well distributed throughout the UK and is essentially a moth of woodlands. Lovely, don't you think?
Numbers are starting to fade; only 6 in the box this morning compared with 23 on Friday, but that's as you'd expect for the time of year. It's also peeing it down outside and while moths don't mind some rain, they don't like big fat blobs, so all 6 are currently tucked up inside the house snoring away where they'll remain till nightfall.
I'll leave you with some soggy pics of the garden taken this morning, and a couple of Miss Pops from last night in her favourite position under the sofa throw....
Have a peaceful day all,