Bear With Me

I haven’t posted for a while.

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I’ve been busy with some non-blogging stuff … and intently studying a wasp nest on the east lawn.

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Excavation continues and it’s getting bigger.  And bigger.  As you might suppose, mowing operations have been diverted.

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Peacock

I’ve been distracted too by the sheer number of butterflies on the new verbena beds.

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A Comma

There is a wide selection of species.

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Painted Lady

Including a long distance migrant, the Painted Lady, which I haven’t seen before.

I’ve also been away on a short holiday.  And I’m about to go off again – on a cycling tour of Germany.  Which sounds very tiring.  I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with steely calves … or ones of jelly.

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Yesterday

When I return, I’ll do a post about the tropical border.  I’ve been quite pleased with it this year.  (If only because it almost hides that huge satellite dish).

Until normal service is resumed, I’ll raise a bratwurst to you.  Wiedersehen.

27 thoughts on “Bear With Me

  1. Freewheeling through Germany sounds idyllic – hope the weather stays dry for you! I have plenty of bees, wasps but (thankfully) no nest and only cabbage whites (and their offspring) drawn in by my neighbour’s brassica monoculture. I must remember to sow lots of verbena b for next year, see if I can’t diversify a bit. Looking forward to reading about the tropical border, presumably the satellite dish is the star during the winter months?

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    • Hi Caro, is your neighbour’s brassica monoculture done to rile you, do you think? It seems to be working. Germany was idyllic thank you – but shhh, I’m trying to keep how wonderful it is a secret. During the winter I wrap the satellite dish in tinsel and fairy lights. So yes, it is most certainly the star and draws the eye beautifully. D

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    • I don’t really have the time at this time of year, Christina. Anything but … but having a school age boy means we are restricted when we can go away. No hiking, but cycling thoroughly enjoyed thanks. D

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  2. Have a great vacation, beer and brats sounds great…. repeat as necessary!
    I’m fascinated by the wasp nests too, they keep growing and growing, but when I leave them I have no defense against wiser family members who point the finger at me for every stung child.
    Looking forward to the tropical update. I like the touch of blue.

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    • Hello Janet/Plantaliscious (hadn’t noticed that twinning of your 2 names before. It sounds rather cool if a little saucy), hurricane Bertha gave the tropical border quite a whack whilst I was away so I’ll see what I can salvage photo-wise. Beer enjoyed thanks *staressadlyattummy*

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  3. I didn’t realise wasps burrowed to make nests I always thought they made those big paper balls for nesting. Fascinating. Your tropical border has been really successful this year – a triumph I would say. Enjoy your break – cycling round Germany sounds a very manly thing to do – I expect to see pictures of your calf muscles on your return.

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    • Hi Elaine, we also have an enormous underground wasp nest in our own garden. It is much larger than the one above – I must take some photos. And please don’t worry – I won’t inflict photos of my calves on anyone. Dave

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