Friday 16 March 2012: Driftwood
Well, I did manage to get the Monarch butterfly today, but I was not quite happy with the shots, though I have uploaded some to my blipfolio here so you can have a look. I still want to get a better one, which is why I have chosen not to make any of these the blip (so now it's a serious challenge to get the shot I want!). In fact, there were lots of wasps gathering nectar on this plant as well - they probably came from the nest that they have rather inconveniently built on the outside of the Indian door.
Mr L. and Jonathan set off bright and early to go and deal with splitting logs for firewood on their mother's farm and I spent most of the morning proof-checking a friend's Psychology assignment about for her and then chatting with her on the phone. I found it interesting as it was about stress-related disorders. She and her family moved to New Zealand from Bahrain (where we met - they are South African) four years ago and settled in Christchurch, so it has been rather a rollercoaster ride for them and she has had plenty of opportunity to observe people under stress in her day-to-day life. The time flew by.... it is nice to be able to compare notes with someone who can identify with the sort of adjustments that we are having to make, though of course in Nelson we are not dealing with the after effects of a major earthquake.
It was another beautiful day today, finally the summer seems to have arrived! This evening it felt positively Mediterranean on our deck and, after we had been for a longish walk down on the beach, we had to open all the bi-fold doors to get some air into the house. It was a pity Mr L. was not there to enjoy the first breeze-free evening - though actually he doesn't seem to care about the wind, it's me that finds it cold! - but he and J. are staying the night at the farm.
I found this piece of driftwood on the beach and decided to blip it for alibaba, also known as my friend Alison, who envies my access to large amounts of driftwood here (isn't there much to be found on the Hampshire coast?!). It caught my eye as it seems to resemble a snout-nosed fish with a huge eye. I imagined making a small bronze sculpture and somehow mounting it in the hole and I've brought it home with me.