Ahoy There Red Admiral!

Amazing 🙂

rambling ratz

The ivy is starting to flower and combined with some sunshine it lures in the pollinators. This pristine red admiral butterfly (Vanessa Atalanta) sunned itself on the nearby laurel leaves.Photo of red admiral

It tried a variety of poses so that I could get its best side.Photo of red admiralMost of these butterflies migrate to the UK from central Europe in May and June. As the climate has become generally milder some hibernate in the south of England.Photo of red admiral

The butterflies that are emerging now are the brood that have hatched here.Photo of red admiral

The adults feed from a variety of nectar sources, they are also partial to rotting fruit.Photo of red admiralThey lay their eggs on the larval food plant, nettles.Photo of red admiralHaving posed sufficiently, the butterfly then had a tasty snack of ivy nectar.Photo of red admiralThe ivy also attracted a rather tatty comma butterfly, along with some bees and hoverflies.

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What does it mean to be a cat sitter?

The Purrfect Job

This happens to me all the time.

‘What are you doing in Ireland?’

‘I live here.’

‘You work?’

‘Er..yes.’ (I always wonder if people are asking me this as in ‘are you on welfare? Taking advantage of my country?’ but I could be over-sensitive…)

‘What do you do?’

(I thought to myself, ‘oh gawd…not again.’)

‘Er…I am self employed.’

‘Oh what is that about?’

(‘Here we go again…’)

‘I have a ‘cat business’. I am a cat sitter.’

Then the reactions are usually one of the followings:

– ‘You are WHAT?’

– ‘Can you make money doing that?’ (I have a separate post to address this question. FOLLOW my blog if you want to know more.)

– ‘What do you actually do?’

So today, once and for all, I will tell you what does it mean to be a cat sitter.

It is A LOT more than just putting down…

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Cat sitter on holiday – France!

The Purrfect Job

Today, I am doing a bit of a different post. For once, it’s not about cat sitting! It’s about me on holiday!

Colleagues in the pet sitting industry around the world know how difficult it is to get holiday when you are a pet sitters. It is one of the major difficulties in this profession. I spoke about this multiple times on this blog, like on here and here.

I work in the evening and weekends due to the nature of this business, I constantly feel very guilty towards my husband and my son that we don’t have a lot of ‘normal’ family time. Even though I know they understand (for one, my husband is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter) but still I feel I need to make and effort to get away at least once a year so to spend time with my husband and my…

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Sunny Buzzers and Minty Loungers

So nice 🙂

rambling ratz

August was a bit of wash out, but we did have a couple of sunny days which brought out the insects. This golden shimmering hoverfly, Xylota segnis for one.

The yellow rose was the sun lounger of choice for this hoverfly, one of the Eristalis family I believe.

The goldenrod is a regular favourite for the honeybees.

This bumblebee was having to get at the cyclamen upside down.

The bees decided to freshen up on the mint flowers.

The mint moths were inevitably to be found there too.

Also lurking in the mint was this green shield bug nymph.Photo of speckled bush cricket nymph

The speckled wood butterfly decided the ivy was the best place to catch some much needed rays.Photo of speckled wood butterfly

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Wilden Marsh and Meadows Lagoon Field 20 Years Ago

The Wilden Marsh Blog

Twenty years ago this month, Mike Averill took these photographs of Wilden Marsh and Meadows Lagoon Field; sandwiched between the north marsh to the west and WildenLane to the east, then owned by British Sugar Plc and now by Associated British Foods plc. How I wish this wetland resource, as it was 20 years ago, was part of Wilden Marsh Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. If this were so, the Lagoon Field might be home to an even greater quantity and variety of rare fauna and flora than is the case now, particularly with regard to water birds. If the Lagoon Field is turned over to residential and industrial development, it will be a sad loss for nature and the local environment. Of course, Wyre Forest District Council has a statutory duty to promote, enhance andprotect nature reserves and Sites of Special…

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September in the Woods

Autumn is my fav season 🙂

rambling ratz

Photo of mist over fieldsI SAW old Autumn in the misty morn
Stand shadowless like Silence, listening
To silence, for no lonely bird would sing
Into his hollow ear from woods forlorn,
Nor lowly hedge nor solitary thorn;–
Shaking his languid locks all dewy bright
With tangled gossamer that fell by night,
         Pearling his coronet of golden corn.

Photo of Credenhill Park WoodI thought I would start this post with a snippet from Thomas Hood’s poem, « Autumn ». It suits the first image on this page. It is the view from the entrance of Credenhill Park Wood, looking over the mist drenched fields below. It does all seem so still, so eerie, enveloped in a smothering blanket. However, a poem and a photograph don’t tell the whole story. Having arrived at the woods just before dawn on a foggy morn, the way lit by a full moon, it was far from silent. The woods themselves are filled with the…

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Book Haul – Juillet 2017



Le mois de juillet a été riche en belles lectures et j’ai acheté moins de livres que les mois précédents, puisque j’ai lu pas mal de SP d’auteurs autoédités en numérique. Je suis quand même allée faire un tour à la librairie Mollat à Bordeaux, pendant mon séjour chez mon frère et j’ai craqué pour la jolie Editions des Jane Austen et quelques autres livres qui me tentaient depuis un moment. Si vous ne connaissez pas la librairie Mollat, je vous incite à aller y faire un tour, pour les amoureux de lecture, cet endroit est un petit paradis.


J’ai également acheté Vous avez reçu un message de Jena Rose pour continuer dans ma folie de la New Romance. Je ne l’ai pas commencé, mais le résumé est prometteur.

Mon petit cœur de pierre est un roman de Lucile Caron-Boyer, généreusement envoyé par l’auteure et dont je vous reparlerai très…

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