|Anchusa, a form of alkanet|
So things have been rattling on here. In the garden, all is well. Flowers are blooming and life is bustling. I've long wanted an alkanet and found this anchusa at a local garden centre which boasts a walled garden. Dreamy. The bees found it almost as soon as I got it home and it's thrown up a new flower branch so hopefully is happy with us.
I've had my eye open for the baby GSW, having seen his parents tooing and froing with food for him over the past fortnight, and then hearing him squeaking invisibly from the trees round the garden. This week, he finally arrived on his own on the feeders. He is a deal less worried about people than either of his folks. Young GSWs wear a fetching red cap which they lose as time goes on, either becoming completely black in the females, or maintaining a red stripe in the males.
|Baby Great Spotted Woodpecker|
|Blue tit Chicks|
|Common Swift Moth|
Something I've never had the pleasure of seeing before happened this week- Mr GSW accompanied his offspring into the garden and fed him from the feeders. Here they are, looking Rather Beautiful together...
|GSWs: baby (red cap) and dad (red stripe to back of head)|
|Dad peeking through|
|Father and baby|
|Mullein moth caterpillar on buddleia|
|Mullien moth cat|
|Volucella Bombylans, bumblebee mimic hoverfly|
|Three's a crowd. Woundwort shieldbugs|
So all is tickety-boo in the garden. In other news, L is now more than half way through his GCSEs and is coping well. We will be celebrating next Friday when they're all over. I've joined a running club and have been taking part in RR10s, a series of local 4-5 mile races held in various locations around Hampshire on Wednesday evenings for members of local running clubs. They're great fun, quite fast and competitive but in a friendly way. I've been blasting out some quite good times and have met some lovely people.
Half Marathon training continues well. I did a 13.4 mile run last Friday over the Clarendon Way which was hilly, hot and hard work. It took 2:15 hours so I was pleased with the time which included some walking and it's a bloomin hard course. I wasn't especially tired afterwards but regretted not taking water on the run as the heat got pretty intense towards the end. I did a 5 mile race the following Sunday which just about did me in. The cumulative effects of running over 26 miles last week! I fell asleep on the sofa when we got back and woke up to find Poppy curled beside me snoring! Two days rest sorted the tiredness and I was back out racing last night with no ill effects. At least I know I can do the HM distance now which takes some of the apprehension away, and I don't think the course can be any tougher than that Clarendon. Train hard, race easy, as they say.
A quick word of encouragement here for my buddy B over at Coastal Ripples who's just got back to running after injury kept her off games for 6 weeks or so. She's aiming for her first Parkrun shortly. Go, B! You can do it girl!
Hope you're all well,