We had a bit of a do here yesterday, with children pelting round the garden on a rare warm and even sunny day. Also flitting around were the butterflies I mentioned in the last post plus a Peacock and a Red Admiral - and several magnificent dragonflies.
These seemed to enjoy the antics of the children and teased them like the Gallivespians in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, until one of them, a majestic female Southern Hawker, took the chase a little too far and zoomed into the house. I caught it in a hankie and released it again outside in front of several wide-eyed tots who naturally wanted to have a magic handkerchief too. But not before I managed to get a quick picture of it baffled by our floral curtains, arching its body in that extraordinary, almost disjointed way that they can do.