Monday, August 04, 2008

I officially declare

blackberry season to be... OPEN!

At Pirate's cricket match on Saturday I went down the lane while the guys were warming up and picked a kilo of early blackberries to put out with the tea. Yummers!

Amongst the brambles and nettles were several big buddleja bushes in full bloom

And on one of the bushes was the most beautiful butterfly I have ever seen in England. It was lovely, and so distinctive I knew I had would have no trouble identifying it after I got back and consulted Prof. Google.

And do you know what butterfly it was, sucking happily away at the buddleja bush? It was this one!:
This is a peacock butterfly. (I didn't take these photos, btw. I didn't have my camera, so I borrowed these from t'interwebs.) You can read about it here.

Oh, and the match went well. Pirate didn't take any wickets, but he batted 46 (not out) off 22 balls! Aw yeeeah. Das my man, hunnachile.


Dave said...

Do you rush to my blog on Sundays, as you and the Pirate compete to see who has scored the most runs?

Chaucer's Bitch said...

No, because he always wins.

llewtrah said...

Blackberry season is a week or so away in this area. Need some wetter weather to get them plumped up. Soon be wild damson season and I have orders for wild damson jam :)