Saturday 1 October 2016

A Pinch and a Punch for the First of the Month

Now that it is October it can no longer be denied that Autumn is well under way and Winter will soon be upon us. October is often a very pleasant month but today is wet and grey.

Frankie and his mother, Susannah, are on holiday, narrowly avoiding Hurricane Matthew. 
A blurry photo taken with my phone of a fast-moving Frankie 
 'Follow Mummy, Frankie.'
You're never too young to learn the rules of queueing.
Susannah was anticipating a twelve-hour flight from Gatwick with some trepidation but her fears were unfounded and Frankie behaved impeccably. There is still the return journey, of course . . .

The birds have not returned to the garden, sadly. Maybe when it is cold and wet and the cats don’t wish to go out they will come back to feed.

Life continues on a smaller scale.

This little creature is a Hairy Shield bug, (Dolycoris baccarum) so called because it is covered in short hairs. It is about 11mm long and widespread, though becoming rarer in the north of the country.

There have been many Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) in the garden. This one, appropriately, is feeding on a buddleja, a plant often referred to as the butterfly bush.

Meanwhile, the cats continue to enjoy and explore the garden. 
They go out first thing in the morning and often stay out until dusk or even, in the case of Susannah’s cats, dark!

There have been no more squirrel casualties though the dragonflies, mainly Southern Hawkers, (Aeshna cyanea) do not learn from experience. 
Southern Hawker female laying eggs
They are large, busy predators, hunting insects and catching them mid-air. They can hover and also fly backwards but they cannot escape the claws of cats!

One benefit of the shortening and cooling days is the excuse to have a fire. Today is cold, tomorrow may be warm – the weather is capricious.

I am linking with Eileen's 'Saturday Critters' and Misty's 'Camera-Critters'


  1. Hello, beautiful images. I hope Frankie and his Mom are having a great and safe trip. I love the kitties, they are all sweeties. Awesome butterflies and dragonfly shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Wonderful series on the dragons and the butterflies.

  3. A wonderful post Janice and how lovely that Frankie is starting out so young in traveling. I enjoyed all your nature photos very much. Thanks for visiting my blog and happy weekend to you :)

  4. That's what I like to see - people off on hoilday to explore places new and make friends in unfamiliar places. Children get awfull excited about going on a plane - adults too.

  5. I always love to see the photos of the cats...they are so beautiful. I remember seeing those 'shield bugs' when I was a kid. Haven't seem them in a long time.

  6. Your cats are beautiful. We have a house full of cats, but they stay indoors. We have a big window seat for them to lay and watch the birds in the garden.

  7. Fun shots of the 'little traveler' and your cat photos are awesome ~

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

  8. Thanks so much for coming by my critters post today and I have really enjoyed seeing the shield bug and butterflies in your garden! Your cats are finely tuned hunters and wonderfully named!
    would love to have you follow and now following you!

  9. Our weather is capricious too. So changeable at this time of year. Lovely photos of all...really love your cat photos.

  10. Love your cats. Isambard is very unusual. - Margy

  11. Hi Janice - wonderful photos of Frankie going off on holiday - I bet he'll have loads of tales to tell you on his return.

    Wonderful shots of the garden, the plants, flutterbyes and them furry special things ... gorgeous to see - cheers Hilary

  12. Looks like "Frankie goes to Hollywood" lol ! cute with his bag ! Our garden is also bird deserted of course with 4 cats although Pookie 18 doesn't go out anymore or only when I am out too, because she is deaf now. Today it's the first day of rain and it cooled down ! But still the woods are green !

  13. I love your cats! The butterfly is very pretty too. My daughter has a buddleia and it gets covered in bees, but we don't see too many butterflies.Perhaps we go out at the wrong time of day. Frankie has grown up so fast!

  14. So cute the little traveler!
    And wow, so many nice photos here!

  15. That is such a cute little carry-on that Frankie is pulling. I'll bet my grandson would love something like that someday.


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