I'm starting my long-delayed catch-up today, but first I can't resist posting this picture of a Comma, taken yesterday on the second of various pre-birthday treats for Penny (the family are coming on the actual day, this Saturday, and entertainment will then be directed largely by the two-year-old...
The Comma was swooping about at an historic spot as you can see from the plaque above: the Jacobean mansion of Chastleton House in the Cotswolds which is very well preserved by the National Trust in the grubby state in which its last private owner left it. Penny and my overwhelming feeling when pottering round such places is sympathy for those obliged to live in them; but there were clearly occasions such as family weddings when the vast pile came into its stately own.
So, now for some of my backlog, focussing on the daintier and more delicate arrivals in the last two weeks:
|Cinnabars - can you spot all three?|
|Common Marbled Carpet|
|Clouded Silver and Wormwood or Currant Pug (I think)|
|Lesser Cream Wave (I'm guessing)|
|Engrailed (I think)|
|And again, I think)|
|And once more, closer-to|
|And finally a delicate toadstool. Should a friendly mycologist be passing, we may discover which it is.|