Virginia Creeper Bud

Virginia Creeper

A morning of sorting paperwork and students, then an afternoon of knitting/sewing up ends.

I took today’s picture after lunch and decided to use this picture of the Virginia Creeper bud. Although some of its buds have been killed by frost, as have many others in the garden, some have survived on this shrub. This shrub was rescued three years ago after the builders destroyed it when they started work.

Dull and overcast although not too cold.

Purple Alpine Viola

Voila2I mowed the grass at the front of the house this morning and as well as some just behind the house; I also did some deadheading of Spring flowers. I was going to mow some more grass after I had watched the F1 Qualifying, but there were a few spots of rain when I went out to look for a blip, so I decided to leave the mowing for another day.

I found today’s picture, of a tiny Alpine purple Viola flower, growing in the Alpine garden. I did not remember that it was there and although it has been nibbled by something, I decided that it should be my picture for today.

Whilst in the garden I noticed that the frost had killed all of the Wisteria flowers, both blue and white. This was the first year that the blue one had ever shown signs of flowering. The Kiwi fruit tree has also had all of its leaves destroyed by frost; that is what happens in a frost hollow. Maybe they will recover and flower later in the year or maybe we have to wait for next year.

Cactus Bud

Cactus BudI spent most of the morning dealing with students, they are now writing their final piece of work, so not much more for me to do. Then just before lunch I mowed the last part of the back lawn; while I was doing it, it hailed for about a minute and then the sun came out again.

While eating lunch, the skies became dark and with it the rain, so any hopes of getting any more lawn cut are remote. The frogs however, have been busy overnight in the small pond as there is more frogspawn this morning.

Today’s picture is of a bud, beginning to form on one of my cacti; if it opens I will blip it again.

Orange Broome

Orange Broome

The day started with me taking my husband to the surgery for his monthly blood tests; a lengthy and sometimes difficult procedure with him not allowed to put weight on his leg. Then home to deal with student’s tutorials.

I took today’s picture between the dew rain showers we have had today. It is of the flowers on one of our orange Broome shrubs.

When walking around the garden I noticed we have frogspawn in the small wildlife pond. I thought there was some the other day, but was not certain until today. This is the first year, since I created this pond that it has appeared.

Orange Tip Butterfly

I am reliably informed, by iSpot, that today’s picture is an Orange Tip Butterfly, (Anthocharis cardamines) belonging to the Pieridae family; I have also included a second picture looking down on it. It does not look like the Orange Tip butterflies I have seen before, but this might be the difference between males and females. At the end of this text, there is some information taken from

I saw this butterfly in my front garden after I returned home from our GP surgery with my husband. He had the staples removed from his knee and a new dressing put on, just until the holes where the staples have been heal. I also have a new gadget, a plastic thing, which helps me to put the TED stockings on. I had a practise on his good leg while I was at the surgery!

Orange Tip ButterfliesOnly male orange-tip butterflies actually have orange tips to their forewings; females have black or greyish wing tips (1). In both sexes, the undersides of the hindwings have a dappled pattern of yellowish-black scales, which provides good camouflage when the butterfly is at rest amongst vegetation (2). The caterpillar reaches 3 cm in length, and is pale bluish- or greyish-green with white sides. The whole body is peppered with fine black spots (3).

Red Apple Blossom

Red BlossomToday the frost was heavier than yesterday, but soon cleared to give a bright and sunny, if a little windy, day. I spent the morning and much of the afternoon trying to catch up with everything, not very successfully!

Yesterday while I was out, the physiotherapy department at Addenbrookes Hospital telephoned my husband to say that they were not aware that he had gone home. He should have been given an exercise machine to take with him when discharged. It arrived today by courier and it is good that we did not have it to take home. It would not have gone in my car and even if it had I could not have lifted it out. I sometimes wonder whether these people live in the real world. It arrived in a large metal box, which once dumped in the hall by the driver, I could not lift. I managed to get a large bath mat underneath it and drag it to a position where I could unpack it. Now where do I store a large metal box until the machine is returned!

At the time he was discharged it was all done so quickly that half of his discharge papers were missing and we did not know when the staples had to be removed from his knee. I telephoned the ward this morning and they need to come out tomorrow. At this late stage an appointment for tomorrow was out of the question, so we have to go to the surgery at 1120 hours tomorrow and wait until they are able to see us.

My picture today is the blossom on our young red apple tree, which still has its protective wire cage round it to prevent damage by deer and rabbits.