In our garden, weeds are allowed to flower, so the bees can visit them. This one is really pretty when you get close to it, with star-like calyx and white stripes on the dark purple petals. The leaves smell quite strongly, and look fairly similar to stinging nettle leaves.
This little shieldbug is pretty jewel-like too – it lives on the woundwort, and is called Woundwort Shieldbug…
Well, that was in response to the Daily Prompt – The Natural World which asked about early memories of nature.
I grew up on a farm, and I can’t remember the first time I was interested in nature, as it was so much a part of everyday life. However, I do remember vividly the thrill of finding an orchid growing amongst scrubby bushes in a woodland. It wasn’t in my flower book, which made it even more exciting, and nobody had shown me where it grew; I’d found it all by myself. On on of our occasional trips to London, we visited the Natural History Museum, and in some wall-mounted display-cases I found a picture of ‘my’ orchid – a Man Orchid. The flowers are greenish-yellow, with red edges, and look like tiny little men. Such an amazing plant.
They are fairly rare in the UK, and although they have been found in quite a few nearby sites to my one, I don’t know whether anyone else has ever seen the plants that I found. So – that was a significant waymark on my journey to being a nature geek.
Race for Life report
The other news today is that I did my Race for Life – and I DIDN’T WALK! It wasn’t fast (about 46 minutes – last time I did RfL I took 53 minutes to walk it) but it was mostly very sunny and warm, so I’m happy with that. The first ten minutes were really hard work, and I wasn’t expecting to manage to run/jog it all at that point, but I just kept doing a bit more and a bit more, and got the whole way round. Hurrah!
I don’t know how many women were there, but pretty sure it was well over a thousand. I was fine though, didn’t even need to use the loos (sorry, if that’s too much info) which is most unusual – and a good thing, as the queues were about 30-deep. Maybe that was the most significant acheivement of the day! The running and walking didn’t get started until about twenty minutes after the official start time. Maybe that was to allow everyone to visit the loos?
It was a lovely day to be outside, mostly sunny and with a good breeze. Uphill through the meadow was pretty warm, as the wind seemed to have dropped there, and there was no shade, but I kept plodding on, thinking I’d walk after the 3 km mark. But then it was flat, and it seemed a pity to stop.
After 4 km it was pretty easy. I almost missed getting a medal, as I was still jogging past the finish and had to stop and go back for it. I was really pleased that I didn’t feel worn out at the end. After clapping some of the walkers in, I jogged part of the way back to the carpark. I would have jogged it all, but suddenly felt as though I was showing off, so I walked the rest.
So, Juneathon may not have gone quite the way I’d envisaged, but I did manage to end it with a 5k run in the sun, and feeling good at the end. So I’m a happy bunny, and I’ve raised quite a bit for Cancer Research. 🙂