Friday, 25 May 2018

Long-Tailed Dance Flies, Soft-Winged Flower Beetles & A Running Update


So the garden is filling up with Interesting Small People. The one in the pic above is a long-tailed dance fly. I am rather taken by her feathery legs, they look like leaves close-up. I've never recorded one in the garden before. This one is currently snoozing on the orange-ball buddleia.

And here is a (brief) glimpse of a soft-winged flower beetle, Anthocomus fasciatus, who, according to my insect bible, is a relative rarity with only a few locations in the south near us and a few more up towards the midlands. Given that she's only 3-4mm and was interested in the under side of the Ceonothus, you'll forgive the lack of clarity in the photo and take my word for it that she is what she is :o)



In other news, I am (cautiously) feeling better and hopeful that I'll be running on Sunday. The forecast seems to vary depending on where you look...



16/ 17 degrees I can cope with, 21 and thunderstorms, less good. I will have to keep reminding myself that I ran twenty miles in 22 degree heat a couple of weeks back and was fine, and in March was training in snow and pouring rain. It will be what it will be.

To celebrate feeling better, and to try and stuff in some carbs ahead of race day, I am treating myself to a Fondant Fancy. Remember these? 




I confess I'd forgotten how sickly sweet they are and am now rather wishing I'd stuck to porridge oats in coconut milk. 

Hope all are well. I'll be back on Monday with Race News :o)

CT.


23 comments:

  1. Oh fondant fancies take me back. Truly sick making :). Yes I’ve been studying various forecasts. Liking the BBC one best as it should be about 17 and cloudy. Jersey forecast is giving possible 24. Not good. Water bottle is at the ready. Just returned from a local orchid field. Truly beautiful. Good luck for Sunday. B xx

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    1. Stick with the bbc 😉. Although I know you will be completely fine if it does get hotter because you’ve stuck with your training and you have a sensible head on your shoulders. Water to drink, a hat to wear, slow down if needs be and get some electrolytes into you afterwards. You’ll be great and I will be sending you positive vibes from Dorset all the way round. Please post how it goes because I shall be dying to hear all about it. Good luck! Xx

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  2. Was just thinking about you earlier and wondering what your decision was. Fondant Fancies are very pretty aren't they. Can I recommend Delia's Banana and Chocolate Chip Slices? Norwich City FC was founded on them as far as I can gather, and the biggest boy eats one every day. I put in less sugar, but even so, they are rib stickers. Despite what Delia says, you can use bananas in any stage of ripeness. Anyway, wishing you much luck, and I hope you have a good day of taking it easy and carb loading tomorrow. CJ xx

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the tip. I shall look those out. I’ll be very glad to get out and start running on Sunday. I have not enjoyed the tapering AT ALL 😠. Can’t wait to get a decent long run in, which is probably the right way to be feeling a day away from a marathon 😬 xx

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  3. What beautiful garden visitors you have x

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    1. We are lucky to get such wonderful creatures visiting and living here x

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  4. Gosh they're a blast from the past! Like you, I don't remember being that keen on them, but they do look very pretty. Good luck on Sunday and happy carb loading! xx

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    1. No one else in the house likes them, so I’ve got another four to get through! X

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  5. Good luck! We're keeping our fingers and paws crossed for you that everything goes well on the day!

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    1. Aww, thanks Annie and the lovely pooches x

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  6. Best of Luck on Sunday. I have been thinking of you because Sunday is coming up ! Hope the weather will be good for running !

    cheers, parsnip

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  7. I don't think I ever had a fondant fancy - I must rectify this as soon as possible. I am glad to read that you are feeling better. Wishing you a restful Saturday, in readiness for your marathon debut tomorrow xx

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  8. So glad you are feeling better and good luck for tomorrow. I love the beetle and fly :) Gosh it is years since I had a fondant fancy!

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  9. We have similar cakes but they are pink on the outside and have rum in I the inside. They go by the exotic name of punschkrapfen!

    Good luck for the challenge!
    G

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  10. Fondant fancies were always part of our birthday tea, Proust can keep his madeleines! Mr Kipling sends me right back to being 8. How are you feeling now? The bestest of luck for tomorrow. Remember we are all shouting encouragement from the virtual sidelines if you feel strong enough to run! xx

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    1. Feeling much better thanks Shauna. I shall imagine you cheering if I get tired. It will help xx

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  11. I hope it all goes well for you today CT. I'll be cheering you on from here and look forward to reading about your experience once it's all over. X

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