Things have been a little hectic just recently. A few days away followed by a week and a bit working fulltime and I have completely lost the plot.
Mr Stoatie and I spent a few days with his family in a holiday camp set in Thetford Forest. The ‘villas’ are supposed to give the impression that you are in the heart of nature but to be honest they fail miserably. You are always within earshot of another person and it never gets completely dark. How I long to be able to go somewhere truly wild.
The ‘nature’ included very tame squirrels and ducks, who must survive in such large numbers, because they get fed constantly by the inmates holidaymakers. We did get to see a couple of muntjac deer one morning, did you know they have fangs! I love this photo of a Muntjac skull, reminds me of a dragon.
Just down the slope from our cabin I found a bank of wildflowers which cheered me up a bit. There were St John’s Wort, Ragwort, Mullein, Vipers Bugloss ( the blue one) and Chauncery ( the pink ) The ragwort was covered in the caterpillars of the cinnabar moth. Ragwort is poisonous and is rooted out of most fields because of the danger it poses to livestock, as a result the moth is not as widespread as in the past. The caterpillar stores up the toxins from the plant into adulthood and so both they and the moths are avoided by birds and other predators.