Sighting a blue butterfly

After last summer’s heatwave and the difficulties I had both locking my back door and getting to bed at a reasonable hour, I have worked out tactics to avoid these now that we have moved into summery weather.

The first is to open the curtains as soon as I wake up in order to let my brain see as much bright light as possible. Then make sure that I’m inside a darkened house from early evening in order to prepare my brain for sleep.

Secondly, with the back door liable to expand in the afternoon sun, it makes sense to do any work in the garden while the south of the house is in shade in the early morning. This should also help me remain on track for getting to sleep at night.

Enjoying the reflections in the pond while it is in shade this morning.

Thus, jobs for this morning included potting on day lilies and butternut squash and planting out the globe artichoke from Nancy at skyent. It was sad to take down some of the phacelia, just coming into flower, to make space for the artichoke, but I thought it needed to be in the ground now in order to establish I strong root system.

In any case, whilst out and about, I saw my first blue butterfly in the garden. With my sunglasses on, it was hard for me to get a good look at it, especially as it was so small, but I believe it must be a Common blue butterfly. The other blue butterflies in Britain are unlikely to be here because we don’t have the right terrain or vegetation.

Anyway, unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo. Perhaps equally unfortunately, I had an unplanned nap this afternoon, so I’ll probably be up half the night now. Especially as I’ve got work tomorrow.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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18 Responses to Sighting a blue butterfly

  1. Pleased about the butterfly. At first reading I was amazed at its sunglasses

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    I empathise with the sleep problems. I have also had expanding and contracting doors in the past too – such a bother!

    • Helen says:

      Let’s hope we don’t have a summer like the last one! The company who fitted the doors did come back and slightly adjust them, so this may help, now the lock is aligned differently. What did you do about your doors?

  3. You’re so practical with your planning for a good night’s sleep, Helen. I hope it works out well for you. I’ve often wondered how people manage in the far northern climates with so much daylight. I look forward to hearing how things go.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you, Alys. So far, so good. We’ve got another five weeks or so before mid-summer, so it’s going to be broad daylight at this time (9:30 pm) then, but then we’ll gradually go back to healthier darkness!

  4. skyeent says:

    Hope the artichoke does well for you. I still haven’t planted mine (in the polytunnel), although I did plant a couple on the drivebank.

  5. Your pond looks fabulous!

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