Well most days are Friday here. Everything orientates itself around Wednesday for me. I take an extra tablet that day and so when I see the bonus tab in the box I know it is hump day. It has been quiet on the moth front due to wind and rain. Nothing too dire but enough to keep the moths tucked up in bed. My 5am trap check this morning produced precisely one moth.
By 9am however the sky was brightening and I suggested to Mrs. Ha that we stroll over the Down and take a walk along the Itchen Navigation. She agreed so off we went. She was enchanted by Mrs. M. Allard and all the little Allards. Less so by Mr. Swan, who rather ungraciously hissed at her. I kept an eye out for diurnal moths and added Micropterix calthella to my Shawford list. There were plenty of Yellow Flag Iris in bloom and the Comfrey looked splendid. We also bumped into my sister-in-law, who was returning home across the water meadows. All in all a pleasant way to spend a morning.
I should perhaps add an update on Woody at this juncture. We are worried that he and Mrs. Woody don’t seem to be moving into the hole he so lovingly carved out for her. They are around the garden and cackling away like demented crones. No sign of heads sticking out of holes though. Did she go to a different estate agent? Have they got a pied à terre next door? Monitoring their comings and goings is much more difficult now because there is a fully-leafed Oak branch blocking our view. Two weeks ago it was bare.
And secondly a rather beautiful lichen. I found this on a branch that must have come down in the last day as I walk the garden each day and it was not down yesterday. It may be Ramalina farinacea or it may be something completely different.
The gardeners came today and tidied up the front so we have short moss front and rear of the Lodge. It looks vaguely respectable now. I keep finding new plants but I have no idea what many of them are. Other than the big mature boundary trees (Beech & Oak) and the ornamental ones (lots of Acers) there seem to be far too many Hazel trees. They probably have not been coppiced for years. I feel an Autumn project coming on.
Happy weekend and wish me good moths.