Thursday, 23 July 2015

Bits & Bobs

We're still waiting to release Bop. Torrential rain is forecast here for tonight and over the weekend. Perhaps next week will be OK.

I managed to do a Butterfly Transect this morning and clocked up a fair few. The second generation of Small Blues has arrived (good news), and there was a Silver Washed Frit on the transect too (unusual).

Green-veined White

Large Skipper

Silver Washed Frit


Small Blue


I'm working on a new patchwork bag. Spent hours last night cutting loads of 4x4 squares and started stitching them together until my eyes crossed over and I was squinting through watering eyes.

What d'you think? I'm thinking the lime green polka dot line would look good as a final layer along the top? It's going to be a large draw-string bag so the cord would go through that bit.



I went to Hobbycraft this afternoon and stocked up on these plastic sheets. They are to stiffen bottoms. Of bags of course. Don't laugh.


I was also overcome with a Holiday Feeling of Bonhomie when I was in Scats buying dog food and allowed myself to be seduced by these wraggedy pheasants. The dogs now have one each. Poppy is delighted with hers but Teddy is less certain, perhaps feeling it is beneath his dignity to be seen playing with a squeaky fluffy pretend bird now he has attained the Grand Old Age of six.

This is what I observed Out In The Garden just now...

C'mon Teddy! Let's play CHEW in the garden with our pheasants...
I've left mine in the house





Well, go and get it then!

Look how much FUN it is!

Yipee!

Mum's cut my head off
Grr, TAKE THAT, Pheasant!

Phew! It's nearly as big as me!

Yipee!Ted?


I am not amused

Oh Ted! Don't be such a Spoil Sport
I know, if I leave it in the garden and go indoors to get Mum, he won't be able to resist it....
Hello Mum, I'm just hiding from Ted. What's happened to my pheasant? Is he playing with it?
Not really Pop, no.
I've had enough of pheasants- I'm going to bed
Hope all are well?

CT :o)

32 comments:

  1. It's been a trying day so thanks for the LOL! Saw loads of silver washed fritillaries on the edge of light woodland/chalk downland at the weekend feeding on buddleia and eupatorium/Jo Pye weed. They are quite a big butterfly I think? Super patchwork but look after your eyes.

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    1. Some days are like that, aren't they? I can highly recommend dogs to take your mind of it and make you smile :o) Silver washed are big chaps.

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  2. Wish we got those beautiful butterflies up here - at the moment they are a bit thin on the ground although did see a brimstone yesterday!!
    Isn't it funny how dogs are with toys - another day it will be the other way round I expect.

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    1. You should get Dark Green Frits up with you, they are out now until the end of August so worth keeping eyes peeled. They're very similar to the Silver Washed.

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  3. Hoping to catch sight of a blue with second wave coming, got told off by a farmer to day walking along the edge of his field looking for butterflies!
    proper "Oy get of my land " :)
    Amanda xx

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    1. Oh dear :o( Good luck with Blue Spotting. xx

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  4. Dear Poppy, she's given that pheasant what for. Lovely butterfly photos. A shame about all the rain. I must confess it's most probably my fault, I'm off to Wales, and the forecast is all doom and gloom. You'll know when I'm back because the sun will come out. It'll be safe to release Bop then. CJ xx

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    1. I did wonder whether it was your fault. Don't tell me when you're back and we can test the theory :o) I shall let Bop know... Have a super break xxx

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  5. Super photos CT. Nice to hear Bop is ready for release too.

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    1. A big relief that he's made it this far.

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    2. Is that definitely a Silver Washed Frit CT? It looks like the one I saw on my 30 Days Wild Challenge which turned out to be a Dark Green Frit.

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    3. The dark lines on the wing are diagnostic in the male silver washed, and the silver streaks under the wing also (I didn't post that pic but did get one to confirm it). The dark green frit has a dark green wash to the under hind wing with silver spots on it and doesn't have the dark lines on the upper forewing. I always take a photo to double check ids because you can't always see either marking clearly unless the butterfly settles for a while :o)

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  6. I have recently found your blog and love seeing all your pictures, your dog is a real cutie.

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    1. Thank you :o) And thank you for the comment too.

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  7. Poor pheasants. I knew someone's son who plucked pheasants.......

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    1. Hahahahahahhaha. I can tell you're on holiday now xx

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  8. Such beautifu images of all the buterflies. Now I love the series of Ted, Pop and the pheasant. Great fun.

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    1. Thanks Margaret :o) T and P do keep me well supplied with smiles x

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  9. Lovely butterfly photos - weather hasn't been very good for them here this week. Looks better tomorrow - if I can escape may go looking for some.

    Hope the weather improves for you soon so that Bop's release can go ahead.

    Poppy looks as though she is having fun :)

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    1. I'm still waiting on Chalkhill Blues, Clouded Yellows, Silver Spotted Skips and Brown Hairstreaks. Finger's crossed for next week for Bop x

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  10. I love your quilt. Wish I knew how to do something like that. Your boyz are just too funny, especially loved their banter. My Jack reacts much the same. If I go shopping I have a "Jack"(Jacqueline) bag and she has got used to that. We go through the same play thing each and every time. I hold the bag and say "what has Mum bought for Jack?" - Jack jumps with joy and attacks that bag with great vigor, pulls out the new toy and runs off with the "grr" n other such noises. Lots of fun, eh. Lovely photo images of the butterflies. Thanks to you for your time to bring all of this to us.

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    1. They are very clever aren't they? Pop shoots up stairs (where she isn't allowed) when we leave the house so she can jump on the bed and look through the window to watch where we're going! Glad you enjoyed the post and pics :o)

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  11. Hey Teddy,
    Honey would like me tell you that she is similarly unimpressed with squeaky toys. Even if they look like turkeys. A pebble, stone or a ball is fair game of course. But you knew that already.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Hi Leanne,

      Poppy has now disabled the squeak in both our pheasants, so we use them as a tug toy between us, which I am more happy with. Love to you and Honey, Ted x

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  12. Ted reminds me of a stately old gentleman, Poppy I suspect will always be a minx! Rocky won't play with toys, but my brothers dog always disembowels hers. She lives with my mum who often remarks of having a toy box for the dogs toys, the same one she used for the grandchildren when they were younger. Trying to get a trip in at Hobbycraft tomorrow I only want some bias binding to finish off Harry's quilt, no doubt I will be led in on a piece of string! xx

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    1. I read your comment out to M who agrees you've got both dogs spot on. Ted is pleased with the Stately part but less impressed with the Old. Poppy will take Minx thank you very much :o)

      I went to Hobbycraft on my own.... :o) xx

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  13. Oh poor Pops! All she wants to do is play and explore and have fun doesn't she! I am sure that her pheasant will get a good work out! xx

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    1. As per Jo, you know Pops too well Amy! xx

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  14. Haha your doggies are so funny! :-)
    Love the butterflies too of course. xx

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    1. They do keep the smiles coming for sure :o) xx

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  15. Catching up and saw your post about Bop.. he is a beauty.. very handsome indeed!
    Love your photos.. especially the Poppy and Ted ones.. oh they did make me smile.. who knew playing with a pheasant was such fun :o) xx

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    1. They are good value those doggies, for sure :o)

      Hoping to collect Bop tomorrow, finger's crossed for the weather x

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