Sunday, 13 August 2017
Today villagers got together to carry out the annual cut of Chapel Green wild-flower meadow. Further posts on this wonderful local asset, managed by the community on behalf of Rocklands Parish Council, are to be found here.
The green had unfortunately grown quite long and rank, because we were unable to carry out the annual cut in 2016.
Thanks to the loan of a wheeled petrol strimmer by the kind people at the village's Walnut Tree Garden Nursery, we made short work of the cut.
Our late afternoon break, with the hay almost cut, consisted of Carolyn's locally harvested, home-made elderflower cordial, freshly harvested apple (from our garden) crumble, and tea.
After a further mow with the lawnmower, the green is ready for the coming year's growth.
Friday, 4 August 2017
Some of the butterflies encountered on a family camping trip to the Huesca Pyrenees in late July-early August.
[Text to follow. Some IDs tentative]
|Pyrgus alveus centralhispaniae / P. armoricanus ?, Torla, 21 July|
|Argynnis pandora, Torla, 21 July|
|Apatura iris, Torla, 21 July|
|Parnassius apollo, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 22 July|
|Hesperia comma, Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Lasiommata maera, Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Polyommatus escheri ? ♂, Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Pyrgus sp. Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Lysandra cordon, Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Argynnis paphia, Valle de Otal, 23 July|
|Polyommatus escheri ? ♂, Valle de Ordesa, 24 July|
|Plebicula dorylas ♀, río Ara above Bujaruelo, 25 July|
|Nymphalis antiopa, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July|
|Lycaena vigaureae, Lac d'Orédon, 29 July|
|Brassy Erebia sp cf gorgone, Ibón de Plan, 31 July|
|Ibón de Plan, 31 July|
|Melitaea phoebe occitanica & Zygaena filipendulae, Revilla, 1 Aug|
|Melanargia galathea, Revilla, 1 Aug|
|Iphiclides podalirius, Laguna de Pineta, 3 Aug|