The trees and flowers shall now be my friend, The trees and flowers that never pretend. they keep to their nature, As quiet and true, They grow to their stature And bloom in their hue. by (Agnes) Mary Frances Robinson born in Leamington, Warwickshire, on 27 February 1857 and died in France 9th February 1944. She was a poet, novelist, essayist, literary critic, and translator.
My heel has finally healed enough to be able to go back walking. Today we walked through Rivenhall Thicks and around back onto the John Ray footpath. The walk wasn’t a long one just 88 minutes in total just to see how my heel would cope, and whether my new boots are making my feet happy at last. Now the warmer weather there is more to see. A pretty butterfly danced along the hedgerow in front of us begging for our attention.
Painted Lady: Migrates to Britain from south-west Europe and North Africa each May and June. This butterfly is a powerful flyer and travels move than 600 miles (1,000km) to arrive here. Our winter aren’t suitable for their survival in any stages of their lives whether as an eg, caterpillar or chrysalis. During their summer here they will create a second generation of butterflies by lay eggs on a wide range of British wild flowers.
Yellow Hammer: This handsome bird is well-known for its wonderful song, a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese. It does require a little imagination on our part. They love open spaces with low cover and a few trees because they are ground feeders and nest low down, concealing it by overhanging plants. Occasionally they will nest a few feet up in a thick bush.
Blue Tit: This bird is a woodland creature though it is well-known visitor to British gardens. It nests in holes in trees which is why they will move into nest-boxes in gardens.
For other news:
Tomorrow is the launch of my second gothic crime novel, Seeking the Dark. When I wrote this novel years ago and suffered a few rejections on it, I set it to one side never believing it would ever be published. I’m not saying I gave up on it, but vampire books were no longer in vogue at that time.
I went on to try my hand at writing other books, many of these sit at various stages on my computer. Now that Stone Angels had been quite successful I feel rather positive about Seeking the Dark.
Here’s a short book trailer ad I made:
Seeking the Dark is available from Amazon https://mybook.to/seekingthedark