It just gets better.... it would appear that whilst I was out yesterday (wanted to make sure!) that the Great Tits mentioned in my previous posting have all fledged - I caught sight of some very young birds today but obviously they might not have been the same ones - almost impossible to take photos as the tree canopy is SO dense at the moment but will keep trying!
The other really great news was going into the stable this morning and discovering 8 little halves of swallow egg shells lying below the nest so am guessing that we have a minimum of 4 little babies deep in the nest - Mum is almost glued to the nest at the moment whilst Dad is visiting with the food but will keep you posted on progress. Someone might be able to tell me, but I thought that the egg shells were eaten by the adults??? I've never seen this with the swallows before? Any thoughts?
Moving on from birds... after the various sightings of Swallow Tail Butterfly caterpillars on the Fennel last year, I have managed my first picture of a butterfly - really not easy to photo as they never keep still - these were the best two.... they seem to love the Fennel and also Dill - just incase anyone is interested in attracting them to their gardens. The amazing thing about Swallow Tails is the actual height at which they can fly and the sheer speed!
To finish off with a few of my favorite photos of plants this last week - a new Poppy to my collection - Patty's Plum and my Aquilegia "Nora Barlow" (see above) which I bought at the Bristol University Plant Fair almost 9 years ago and it's survived it's voyage across the Channel to our garden here, then finally this beautiful Cistus which just thrives in warm sunshine...