Friday, 24 September 2010

The Leeds of France

This is cheating slightly, but there wasn't much time for moths yesterday as ma mere et moi skedaddled from Paris to near-Calais via this place (above). Leeds, is it? Or Darlington? Neither, although it is jumellee avec Darlington in the twin towns scheme. It's Amiens, a redbrick wonder which reminded me of home. It shared a sense of unexpected wonders and pleasures with Leeds too. Prime among them are Les Hortillonages, allotments accessible only by boat along small canals - a visit which I recommend absolument. I'll add a weblink when I have more time. 
Plenty of butterflies flitted about - Whites mostly, which was not surprising considering the vast amounts of home-grown salad and veg. Dragonflies also. But given that this is supposed to be about moths, I've delved into my unused photobag to bring you this tiny Tortrix micro which I didn't feature at the time (late July). Think in terms of half a jellybean. I'll track down its name but must now go and have petit dejeuner, et ensuite, Le Tunel.


worm said...

wasn't Amiens badly damaged in WW1? Might explain the unlovely housing stock....The moth is very pretty, it's colouring reminds me of an eagle

sarah meredith said...

Bonjour Martin - sound like you and your mother had a lovely time this side of the channel. A bit of moth-related news from Argenton Chateau. I was mentioning the other day that I had some tiny hummingbirds in my tiny front garden here and two people told me absolutely that they were moths!! I actually thought they were bumblebees at first. Anyway, I, of course, mentioned your marvelous blog, so you no doubt have two new readers - one Dutch, one Americaine. Donc voila. xxs

MartinWainwright said...

Hi both! Safely back in Leeds now after excellent French adventures. Too tired to trap last night and the mornings are getting dark and autumnal. The season will be over soon, alas.
Yes, Amiens was bombed badly and the main sign of that is post-war stuff in the centre, including a strange spindly tower of great height. think Shipley town hall on a massive scale. (If you don't ever think of Shipley town hall, check it out some time: a strangely beguiling Sixties brainstorm). but anyway, the redbrick survived the bombing. I like it very much, but maybe that's because I'm from Leeds.
Humming bird hawk moths are wondrous indeed, Sarah. There's also a couple of bee hawk moths which could have been your chateau visitors. Paint them all! x to all M