Balance – word of the week

yellow and white osteospermum
Osteopermum

Bug night

Last night, I sat out on the swinging bench, which overlooks our meadow area. It was beautiful. Idyllic. The grasses and wildflowers were attracting countless flying insects, that bobbed and landed, bending the stems gently. Ignoring me completely. Damselflies hung on the tall grasses, like a child’s balance toy and there were so many soldier beetles too. The scene was straight out of a childhood picture book.

They weren’t interested in my potted plants, I’d bought in specially. No, they wanted simple, common as muck, native plants. We’re happy to oblige, by not mowing this area.

Nature balance

It sounds a cliché, but the scent of the honey suckle really did hang thick in the air. I watched (and heard!) a tiger moth flap from one area to another, never quite finding the right spot to land. The meadow really looked busy, highlighted by the low light of the last sunbeams. Always good to see when we so often hear of the decline of insects in the UK.

two damselflies balance on long grass stems
Damselflies

I’m old enough to have driven a car with a bug splattered windscreen. Mumbling under my breath, as my cheap wipers failed to clean them off. Instead smearing them further into my view, until I was forced to stop at the next garage to use their bucket of water and sponge.

If only I’d known then that this would be a thing of the past, that I would miss. No way would I have believed it.

In contrast, our little meadow is bucking the trend.

Now, I’m not suggesting that anyone should (Please don’t do it. Best to take my word for it), but if you were to drive through the meadow in our garden, at a decent speed, one of two things would happen. Either you’d wrap the car around one of the apple trees or plunge yourself down the steep bank, into the woods at the back, but, on the way, your windscreen would be bug splattered. Just like the old days. There are so many insects.

It is 100% worth leaving areas of your space unkempt and bug friendly. Oh, and not driving through them.

Soldier beetles on ragwort flowers

It was a perfect evening.

Providing balance…

In contrast, I woke up this morning with my washing machine playing up and the hound had been sick down the back of the sofa. I have no idea how he managed it. Then, I took time out of work, when we’re short staffed, to take Eldest for her Covid jab. We queued up, only to find it had been cancelled as they were short staffed. Hadn’t we received an email? No.

Slight panic, as we wanted to get both jabs in before she goes away to university, this September. Rebooked now, but we’re still waiting for the missing email.

Salmon pink geraniums by the green front door
(The salmon pink geraniums I bought last year, which Alternative Me missed out on)

More cancelled appointments

Earlier in the week, the dental practise cancelled the children’s dental appointment. Short staffed again. I rebooked them for three separate days. More time off work. Managed to book Youngest teen for the following week, so we can get his braces started. Also Eldest teen was booked in September, before she goes away. Middle teen has yet another date. This is the first time they’ll have been since six months before their cancelled appointment in March 2020.

Hero the deerhound standing up on the fence
(I’m 5’6″ and he is taller than me when he stands up like this. He’s looking for friends heading for the woods  – not plunging cars)

Oh, and the vet couldn’t give Hero the Hound his jab either, as he needed more than a booster and the month began with “J”. Okay, I’m making that last reason up, but there is a definite theme going on this week. He was as good as gold and went into the surgery with the nurse, all by himself, for his checkup.

Life balance

I wonder if I’ll look back to the inconvenience of changing plans and rescheduling appointments, during the Pandemic, with anything close to the nostalgia I have for bug splattered windscreens.

I’m guessing not.

One piece of good news is Middle Teen’s Duke of Edinburgh expedition. It was cancelled last weekend, but looks like it has been rescheduled for September. Fingers crossed.

balance balls of yarn

Crafting

I have been busy making, but I’m not ready to show and tell yet. I’m posting a glimpse of my four latest projects. Fourth one is in the background and out of focus, but it is there! I’ve almost finished two of them.

So that was my week. A balance of good and frustrating. Here’s to no more appointments until Sunday and Monday. Will they or won’t they be cancelled? Oh, the suspense!

Joining in Anne’s Word of the Week link up. My word is balance.

Word of the Week linky

13 thoughts on “Balance – word of the week

  • Friday 16 July, 2021 at 8:52 pm
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    I love sitting outside and watching all the bugs and creatures. They really are amazing!
    Ugh to this morning! What a day! I hope the hound is OK and you have your washing machine fixed.
    Good luck to your teen with his braces. x

    • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 5:48 pm
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      It is lovely sitting outside and soaking it all in. Hero is fine, thank you. And the washing machine is working again. Yey!

  • Saturday 17 July, 2021 at 11:22 am
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    We have had a lot of bugs visit too, I’m so glad we live next to the canal, otherwise we’d be a completely suburban area with no wildlife. I just wish I could get rid of the human neighbours, lol. What a pain with all the cancelled appointments, it’s no wonder because Covid is rife at the moment and it seems that so many people are sick. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

    • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 5:53 pm
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      You must get some wonderful nature visitors living so near a canal. I think so many people are having to isolate that it is impacting appointments. Ah!

  • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 1:28 am
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    I’ve been thinking that I never run into any dragonflies on our property, or damselflies. Maybe they would hang around the brook? (a raging torrent right now) Or do they like still waters?

    • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 5:57 pm
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      We have a few fishing lakes near us and a river, so I assume they are from there. Dragonflies love hawking in our garden for insects, so they are frequent visitors. I’ve seen them flying over rivers too. Not a raging torrent though. I’m guessing anywhere with enough flying insects will attract them.

  • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 9:08 am
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    Sitting on the swinging bench, in the meadow area, watching the flying insects sounds absolutely idyllic. I love watching damselflies. I remember bugs on car windscreens too and I used to come in from the garden as a child with my pockets full of little ‘pets’ (my mum hated emptying all the bugs out of my pockets!). It is nice to see areas in the garden where the minibeasts are thriving (although admittedly I’m less thrilled when it’s my lettuces being decimated by slugs and caterpillars). Hope Hero is feeling better now and glad you managed to get your Eldest’s jab rebooked – hope she manages to get it next time. You’ve reminded me I need to book some dental appointments for me and the children. Love the colours of your wool and look forward to seeing your latest makes soon. #WotW

    • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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      Slugs and caterpillars are a definite drawback. Nature does find her balance, but not always quick enough to save our lettuces. I’ve taken to growing more than I need in the hope that we can harvest it faster than they can eat it. 😆

  • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 11:16 am
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    What a beautiful sum-up of your week! Well, the sum up is beautiful, not some of the events like the dog and sofa malarkey and all the canceled appointments. Fingers crossed for a smoother week next week and I’m looking forward to seeing the craft projects.

    • Sunday 18 July, 2021 at 6:00 pm
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      Thanks. I’m hoping for a smoother week.

  • Monday 19 July, 2021 at 10:49 am
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    It’s wonderful to be able to watch so much wonderful wildlife from the garden. I love sitting out and watching all the insects that visit ours. We seem to have had a lot more butterflies this year :o)

    #MMBC

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 10:05 am
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      It’s so lovely to see the changes each year. Species seem to thrive in different years.

  • Tuesday 21 September, 2021 at 10:57 am
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    I have never really paid attention to fewer bugs on the windows but it is food for thought. We live close to a park and river so we do get quite a few bug visitors. We really need more plants in our garden to attract more. I’m glad the DOE has been rescheduled #WotW

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