First lovely find of the day was this borage which has just appeared in our verge next to my comfrey, it certainly wasn't there last year, although I do keep trying to grow them. I have tried growing from seed and buying in pots and then planting out never with any success, so lets hope this isn't a one summer wonder!
and this I think is the first small copper I've photographed in my garden this year.
Small copper with a gatekeeper
In the afternoon Mr S went off to do his weekly butterfly count on the common, this is something he does for the Butterfly Conservation every year.
but no he saw plenty 14 different specied in fact, he didn't see one of these though, a Red Admiral, unlike all the other butterflies in our garden yesterday, this Red admiral prefered to stay on the red valarium rather than the marjorams and buddleias.
We also had a holly blue in the garden again which didn't make it onto his list although he did get a common blue instead.
It was really quite a warm day and returned with a very hot, tired and smelly dog, very smelly.
Time for a bath, We have enjoyed Megs company now for 7 years and believe it or not this is her first ever bath, partly because she is so heavy and partly because up until last summer we didn't have a bath for her. In the past I have just rubbed a few drops of tea tree oil over her if she has been unbareably smelly! She's a labrador and they love rolling in interesting things.
Anyway bath time.
I had to put camera down and help!
While Meg dried herself off we lifted the remaining bed of onions and placed them on a make shift wire rack set up in our garage.
Job well done, time for our pre dinner drink, interrupted by this visiting hornet,
hornet got bored, so we could return to our drink and watch these ants crawling out of one of my herb pots and then climbing up one of our granite posts before taking off.