Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A clifftop walk, moth variations, and the Diary of a Church Mouse

A week ago Sunday lunch was unexpectedly put back until the evening, so Nancy and I took the opportunity for a walk to Oldstairs and back along the cliffs - it was a lovely walk even though we failed to find the Wasp Spider which Dave Kirkaldy kindly told us about on Kingsdown Leas when we met him by the golf club. I'll let the photos speak for themselves

There was much to enjoy and lots to see; and a very relaxing walk it was. The tea went down very well when we got home, and before we set to and got the dinner under way

Autumn is well and truly here as evidenced by these two moth species typical of this time of year, first a Feathered Ranunculus - don't ask, I have no idea how some of these creatures came by their names, but this one would be invisible on a lichen-covered stone or tree trunk. Not unusually there is wide colour variation with this species and more so with the next

Lunar Underwing, another seemingly daft name, but the hind wing (or underwing) has a characteristic blob on it which is said to resemble the crescent moon - even more colour variation with this moth as you can see

And now to St Peter's, West Cliff for the Harvest Festival last Saturday, beautifully decorated for the occasion. These photos hardly do credit to the skill of the ladies involved, and to the stunningly simple beauty of the Church and the floral displays there. Betjemen's poem is one of my favourites and came to mind at once when we arrived

Regrettably we'd only been there some ten minutes when I got a second-hand message from Lifeline calling us to Capel urgently to Nancy's brother who was in difficulty. Next day he fell again and we all spent 4 happy and fascinating hours in A & E at the William Harvey Hospital. Happily all is now well

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