Beasties, Birthday, and A Butterfly

08 Mar

1 Thank you so much to everyone who offered advice about the fate of our lovely Crocuses. What a Beautiful Community indeed!

I went off for my piano lesson this morning and the patch was intact. When I returned an hour later, the beasties had been there again and uprooted another dozen and in broad daylight! We’ve protected the replanted ones with an upturned hanging basket and a child’s windmill! We think there are deep beak holes in the spaces and wonder – do Jackdaws do this kind of damage? If it happens again, I’m going to have to lie in wait to discover the culprits, be they mice or rats or squirrels or birds!

In the hedgerow near my piano lesson

In the hedgerow near my piano lesson

Daffodils and gorse on the street side

Daffodils and gorse on the street side

2 Our eldest daughter was 40 yesterday and is coming home tonight for a Birthday dinner ( Smoked salmon and prawn stacks, Venison Casserole with creamy mash and cabbage with bacon followed by Chocolate Torte) No 3 daughter is able to join us and we will Skype with the other two over the course of the evening.

Posy for the table, using rescued Crocuses and Primroses

Posy for the table, using rescued Crocuses and Primroses

3 This afternoon I went out to collect the above small posy for the dinner table, I found this beautiful Peacock butterfly on the Muscari. Fortunately, my camera is always in my hand!

Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly


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17 responses to “Beasties, Birthday, and A Butterfly

  1. niasunset

    March 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    How beautiful how beautiful… Thank you dear Sally, all your posts are amazing. Love, nia

  2. Kathleen Richardson

    March 10, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I’m so jealous of those gorgeous flowers, Sally!

  3. petit4chocolatier

    March 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to your eldest daughter!! You are surrounded by so much beauty!

  4. greenbenchramblings

    March 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Spring is in the air. We hope so anyway!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      With an unexpected cold snap just before Spring really comes, I think! 🙂

  5. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    March 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

    these pics give me hope that spring has sprung somewhere

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Indeed it has but we’re somewhat concerned that bitter weather is forecast for the next week and there are so many buds coming. We’ve fleeced what we can and will hope that predictions of -10 with the wind chill factored in will be wrong! 🙂

      • on thehomefrontandbeyond

        March 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        that happened to a lot of the orchards here last year – peaches and apples and cherries really got hit

  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    March 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    what lovely “Spring” photos…I just love them!…My youngest will be 40 next January…I love having dinner and being with family…ENJOY!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      We did! Thank you so much. Both daughters have only just left so it’s been a delightful 24 hours. 🙂

  7. Alex Autin

    March 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Great photograph of the peacock butterfly! You’re reminding me to have my camera with me, and you’re also making me hungry reading over your birthday meal menu. Now I want salmon!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      It was a delicious meal that our daughters and we thoroughly enjoyed!
      I was thrilled to manage a photo of the butterfly and pleased I had my camera in my hand. 🙂

  8. The Wisdom of Life

    March 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    You have brightened many a day with your pictures. Thank you.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you! I brighten my own days too! 🙂

  9. El Guapo

    March 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Looks like you’re going to have a very colorful perfumed weekend!
    Happy birthday to your eldest!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you! We had a lovely dinner last night and have enjoyed her company until late this afternoon which is wonderful! 🙂


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