I thought I saw Gatekeeper Butterflies on the field edges the other day but yesterday I was able to confirm with a photograph. There was a small orange butterfly that I was unable to identify or photograph; by the way it held its wings, it could be a Skipper but I will need to firm up on this before I add to this year’s list.

Finally, I had a very pleasant surprise on Thursday; Beckie laid an egg and then another yesterday. She stopped laying mid-June and started a slow moult which led me to believe there would be no more eggs until next year. Well done Beckie - these are a real bonus.

Gatekeeper

Sunday 27th July 2014 - Road Repairs, Butterflies, Sea Watch and Greek Recipes

We have been taking advantage of the weather with BBQ’s in our garden and walks across the fields. This has to be an exceptional year for Butterflies and in particular Gatekeepers; yesterday they were fluttering round the Blackberry flowers on Madams Lane – there must have been hundreds. I tried to take a photo of a Common Blue the other day which flew away at the last minute but I had more success with a Peacock. Harvest is well under way and yesterday a Combine Harvester was at work in Northrepps, leaving bands of straw in its wake.

This morning we woke to the sound of a rain. The showers continued, moistening the ground sufficiently for me not to need to water the bedding plants today. By mid-morning the sun was back out and we took a walk through the village and down the east slope towards the promenade. Carl Chapman and his wife Sandra were sat on the bench partway down, recording bird sightings and looking for Cetaceans. No Cetaceans spotted while we were there but earlier they had seen

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