Wild life highlights

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Click on this wee chappy. Isnt he a beauty?

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He’s a dragon fly going by the mysterious name of ‘black tailed skimmer’

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That’s it – black tailed though really his tail is a pulsing powder blue. I watched, enraptured as he sized up the pond darting about low over the water or sitting on a nearby twig presumably surveying the scene for a mate to arrive. Females have black and yellow stripes and I think I saw one, fleetingly, before she was gobbled up mid air by an appallingly efficient sparrow.Hopefully he will find another in time for this brief zenith of his life – after probably having spent a couple of years as an under water nymph.

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And here (above) is red a damsel fly (not sure which one) in its favourite spot – the nostril of a hippo head sculpture(!) Janet saw two of these mating in mid air. So far we havent seen any damsels in distress (sorry).

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Our cat: ~Siskin drinking on a hot summer day

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… not to be confused with the Sisyrinchium

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Nasturtiums by the spuds

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Our favourite nasturtium – the little girls next door call them nasturshibums

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and the top seat.,,

… we live in paradise!