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helenclayton

@helenclayton@mas.to

Walker, nature lover, homebaker, bookworm, currently ‘between cats’, francophile, Remainer/Rejoiner, proud member of the wokerati.

Case officer for the Open Spaces Society, protecting public access to paths & open spaces.
Views very much my own.
She/her.

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Apparently I missed #DevonDay yesterday! (I never remember that being a thing from my childhood though). Anyway, here’s a photo of a scone in its natural environment to celebrate.

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Pretty in its own way…a violet oil beetle I think, busy munching on a plant stem.

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I think this might be a small pearl-bordered fritillary.

It wasn’t going to let me get an open wing shot but the underwings are so pretty.

#butterflies #insects

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purplepadma, to food
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Well dinner was very nice https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-cooker-chicken-chasseur I’ll be making that recipe again. And it was warm enough to eat outside! Now chilling by the fire pit, listening to jazz and sipping my drink. All very civilised

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@purplepadma oh no I missed it! Bookmarking the recipe though.

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Holly blue on spirea.

#butterflies

purplepadma, to random
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Meds were ready but there were no cheese scones in the cafe. Never mind, I had a piece of secret good news in an email so overall I am winning at Friday

helenclayton,
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@purplepadma winning at Friday and mysterious 😉

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This morning is all about trying to track down some of my antipsychotic, then this afternoon my daughter and her bf arrive for a long weekend, so looking forward to seeing them. They’re cat sitting tomorrow as we’re spending the night in Cardiff. Should be good! What are you up to today?

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@purplepadma that sounds good!

It’s the last day of my holiday. Boo! So the usual boring packing stuff. We’re having a nice lunch out though and not getting the train until tonight so still some time left to enjoy.

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Out for a solo nature bimble from the gîte. Lots of lovely wildlife and flowers, nothing very eventful until I stopped to say bonjour to some sheeps and lambs. They were quite noisy so I started to video them…then became aware of heavy feets thundering towards me…

I know that these guard dogs can clear fences if they think their flock is threatened, so I made a hasty exit. Luckily he stopped and sat down and only eyed me suspiciously as I admired from a safer distance! 😅

#SheepOfMastodon

Short video of sheep and lambs in a field. The air is full of the sound of skylarks and sheep baaing. The sky is blue with fluffy white clouds. Suddenly, in response to a sound of running off to the right, the camera pans in that direction as a large fluffy white dog (who’s dog is to guard the sheep) comes charging towards the camera, panting heavily. The camera quickly pans away and stops.

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helenclayton,
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Also saw one of the prettiest orchids…the burnt tip orchid.

I must look up the name of the blue flowers in the background. They grow everywhere here and are just the perfect shade of blue.

#BloomScrolling #Wildflowers #WildOrchids

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Moutons!!!

There was also a griffon vulture circling 😳.

#SheepOfMastodon

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This swallowtail was a beauty. I hope it found safe refuge from the storm.

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Feeling a little blue… probably just exhaustion from a run of sleep-lite nights. Hope I fare better tonight

helenclayton,
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@purplepadma hope you have a better night and wake feeling refreshed and perkier.

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Had a bit of a ‘sound of music’ moment in this wildflower meadow. In beautiful sunshine we watched the thunderstorms roll over the Pyrenees where we would have been walking today, pleased that we’d changed our plans…

Then got caught in the middle of our own thunderstorm! Running hell-for-leather through another meadow feeling very exposed as the storm was right on top of us. We got absolutely soaked to the skin. The paths down the hills were running like small rivers. Quite exhilarating though!

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The Scarce Swallowtail #butterfly …not so scarce it seems.

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From yesterday’s walk the biggest moth EVER! Ok the biggest moth in Europe maybe…the giant peacock moth. Difficult to get a clear photo without disturbing it - hand in one photo for scale!

The same moth but side-on and partially obscured by grass. One of its long feathery antennae is revealed.
Photo of the same moth with a hand behind it for scale. Its wingspan must be about 15-20 centimetres.

helenclayton,
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@ngons I bet the caterpillars are impressive! We saw two moths in the same location.

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We had big rains today and I needed a rest, but after a lazy morning and a leisurely lunch the rain let up…so we had a local bimble…and saw bee-eaters!

#birds

A photo of the same bee-eaters on a wire. The one nearest the camera is poised to take off in flight, wings outstretched.

helenclayton, to Cats
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The owners of our gîte feed the local stray cats and are working to trap and neuter them, but there’s still a way to go…

#Kittens #Cats

helenclayton,
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Mama cat and a pile of kittens. Hoping they’ll venture out more in the coming days.

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