Wednesday, September 2

Deserted for a warmer climate, almost

Limited to creeping thistle and a single lavender bush, the yard’s insects are making the most of the sun’s return. A surprising array of butterflies, including painted ladies, peacocks, speckled woods and fritillaries of every shape and size. The pond is still attracting damselflies and golden-ringed dragonflies. I was about to confirm that our swallows, alas, had departed for South Africa; but a pair remain in the old wood shed, incubating a final batch.

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