We've had a week of very warm weather and also a huge storm on Monday which cleared the air but flooded the garden again for a short while. Yesterday morning was like a misty autumn morning with spiders' webs everywhere and we couldn't see more than halfway down the street but in the afternoon the sun shone and it felt like high summer again. Washing was drying outside and we ate out in the garden in the early evening watching the butterflies on the Sedum flowers.
For Five on Friday here are five things that have made me smile this week
1. Butterflies in the Garden - we saw hardly any during the summer but they are visiting the garden now, four Small Whites, two Commas, a Tortoiseshell and a Two Red Admirals were spotted in one afternoon.
2. Ripening tomatoes - the last fruits have been taken off the plants and have been placed in various places to ripen. In the kitchen window sill, in the fruit bowl where a ripe banana will help them along and in the greenhouse where they aren't ripening as well as those indoors.
3. Baby and sleepy monkeys - we hadn't been back to the Monkey Forest at Trentham for a few years so decided to go in and have a look. There were lots of little ones playing as the monkeys relaxed in the warm sunshine.
4. The maiden flight of Terry the Pterosaur - the kite was a birthday present for Paul in June but this was the first chance we'd had of trying to fly it. It took some time to get the kite airborne as the wind was skittish and blustering from different directions but it finally rose into the air and I managed to get a few photos.
5. A lovely walk at Ilam - through the village and along by the River Manifold, followed by the obligatory scone at the National Trust cafe.
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