Rather than being a lachrymose condition brought on by over-exposure to the South Downs, the chalk-hill blue is a butterfly, rather unsurprisingly found around chalk downland. Very nice too. I’ve been noticing lots and lots of butterflies this summer, while pedalling around the South Downs; are there more than usual this summer? Who knows, maybe it’s just one of those things about middle-age – you start noticing different things and inevitably, so it seems, take up gardening at some point.
As well as butterflies, there are lots of other flying bugs around – I’ve swallowed a few, usually as I’m haring downhill with my mouth wide open like a two-wheeled, land-dwelling version of a basking shark hoovering-up the plankton. Doh! Anyway, I was also rather painfully stung or bitten on the sternum today by something that I thought was a wasp, but I’m now inclined to think was a horsefly (or cleg if you’re from the north) on account of the growing circular red patch on my chest. Boohoo.
Another big boohoo is that I find writesofway is now carrying ads without anyone having asked me if that’s ok. WordPress say it helps pay the bills, well I pay for my domain name thanks very much. Could’ve asked. Most of the ads are entirely inoffensive, but I just don’t want advertising on my site. I can pay $30 dollars a year to not have ads. Thanks, but it’s probably time to get a ‘proper’ website, I suppose. Nothing lasts for ever. Anyway, on a happier note here’s another pic of that little chalk-hill blue:
If lepidoptery’s your thing, there’s some good butterfly pics included in Julian Hoffman’s stimulating post about the meanings in maps.