Apologies for not getting round to reading and commenting on many on your excellent blogs this week- half term is always busy in this house and we've been out and about as well as catching up on doing home stuff. I may be a bit more absent over the next couple of weeks too as college work has piled up and I have various assignment deadlines looming.
Things should ease in April when there are no more assignments only exam revision! Butterfly transect season starts then and I am now the coordinator for the college transect which means writing rotas, organising recorders and training new volunteers on flutter recognition, as well as going out recording myself. Should be fun.
I spent yesterday afternoon at our local branch moth conference. There is something wonderfully eccentric about a hall of 60 people all avidly listening to Moth Related Tales. I lowered the average age by about 30 years and boosted the female percentage of the audience considerably too. M has a theory that there is something in the male psyche that prods men to collect/ hunt things and that trainspotting, bird watching, mothing and the like fulfill that urge. Looking at yesterday's audience he could well be right.
They were a great bunch, all so enthusiastic and keen to support all the vital work that goes into bio-recording and everything that spirals out from that in terms of conservation and legislation (the first ever bio-record dates from the early 1500s and relates to an Oak).
M had visions of people attending in moth-related fancy dress and was most disappointed to hear when I got back that everyone was dressed normally :o)
We dragged L out to Christchurch marshes, to a place called Stanpit. I loved the line of beach huts across the water. Behind them you can see the Isle of Wight. There were Curlews, Oyster Catchers, Stonechats and Widgeon,
In other news, Phyllis' cupboard is finished, so she has a nice place to sleep and I have somewhere to store most of my fabric. I did a mercy dash into Winchester on Sat late afternoon and spent a (small) fortune choosing some delicious fabric for the quilt which is replacing my William Morris one. Although the WM is lovely, it looks wrong in our room. Possibly because the back colour of one of the patterns is black and therefore a bit heavy for going in to Spring. The new fabric is lighter and has old fashioned roses and swallows and things like that on it. I'm stitching it together at the mo so will post a pic when it's done, but so far so good. I have some left over so am thinking about making a patchwork cushion cover out of it.
Ma has just taken delivery of a dressmakers' dummy (we've called her Hermione, in case you're interested ) so there is really no excuse not to make some clothes now....
I am wavering re the DSLR macro. By coincidence, one of the Moth Talks yesterday was on moth photography and it made me realise I don't have the time/ patience/ inclination to learn/ use all the fancy buttons on an expensive camera. What I really want is something like my old Lumix where you just zoom in on the subject, press the button and all's done. Something simple and non fussy that does the job with minimal effort. If anyone has any thoughts/ suggestions please shout.
Mrs Brimstone has woken up and left the wall. I don't know where she is, but the temp got down to -3 here last night so I hope she is tucked up somewhere warm. I have also now got two pupae to look after. No idea what the second one is so that will be fun when it emerges :o)
Poppy and Ted are well. Pop has been running with her dad and comes back covered in mud but pleasingly tired. Ted remains at home and sits staring at the door till they get back.
L's replacement pooter for school arrived this week. It didn't cost the earth and is a netbook so incredibly light. I'm still annoyed about wasting money on the other tablet, but that has now taken up residence in his room where he is using it to write stories when he can't sleep, so I suppose it hasn't been wasted. He has surprised M and I by enrolling on an Open University Maths course. They offer a whole range of courses on all sorts of subjects and he found out about it and registered off his own back. They run for 8 weeks, require about 3 hours work a week and you get a certificate at the end. He has found one for me on Stats which I think will be very useful. It's the first time he's sorted something academic like this out for himself and it has made me very proud of him. Having said that, it's now half ten and there is no sign of him so I don't think we're quite out of teenage sitting-on-your-bumness quite yet.
I'll leave you with a pic of the Daphne, which is blooming Like Mad and bathing us all in its wonderful scent. I just hope the bees come out soon to enjoy it.
Hope all are well and enjoying the weekend,