Yesterday was Springtime. I know this because a butterfly told me. It was the first butterfly we’ve seen in the garden this year. The battered condition of this Small Tortoiseshell is a testament to its having survived the winter. I suspect that today it has gone back into whatever warm place it likes to call home. We went into Preston for lunch and, as it was such a nice day, we parked down by the river and walked up through Miller and Avenham Parks into town. Warm enough to sit in the sun: But not warm enough for me to discard winter woollens just yet. (Current weather here right now is: wind, heavy rain, chilly, i.e. WINTER) I know that a lot of us bloggers in the northern hemisphere are awaiting springtime. The one who instantly comes to mind is Liz at Dot Knows! Why not pay her a visit at Elleturner4.wordpress.com Her blog promises: Fab photos, witty asides and light hearted humour…. If you enjoy wildlife, blue skies and general joie de vivre, you won’t be disappointed.
It was good to get away from all the Easter holiday buzz by driving a couple of miles to the local canal. All work seemed to have been abandoned, along with yesterday’s pint-pot tea mugs, a tractor and some homemade onion chutney and free range eggs for sale with an honesty box for local customers to put their money in. Met a few people along the canal tow path: And this orange-tip butterfly: In the words of the iconic and eccentric Scottish exile, Ivor Cutler, “we have a beautiful cosmos, you and me”.