|marbled white enjoying scabious|
Today has been a mix -- of nice things as it is my [Antoinette] birthday, but also of mundane things such as teaching and weekly shopping.
Effectively it was the last teaching day of the year. Next week the staff are in for in-set and admin meetings but the students have gone. My teaching being over by lunchtime Niall and I met up and went for a nice lunch at the Pizzeria Sforza just opposite the Hotel de Ville in Loches.
We then did the shopping--a Friday standard and trundled off home and the start of the weekend! Nice cards and a box of goodies had arrived from Scotland via madame la poste.
|cremant de loire|
After a relaxing afternoon doing nothing much in particular we opened a simple bottle of rosé Crémant de Loire and had salad for dinner.
We take a stroll most evenings and the cats frequently come along.
This evening, attended by Katinka, we wandered down the metalled chemin that leads from the house. Then we branched off to the right along an old very overgrown wall and unpaved chemin.
|marbled whites all huddled together|
The light was lovely and on the way back we noticed that hordes of black and white butterflies were perched on the flowers in our neighbour's little hay meadow. They seemed to have a distinct preference for field scabious. We posted a photo of one yesterday and have since found out that these are Marbled Whites.
We also saw another butterfly, but we will need to consult Susan's guide on local butterflies as we have no idea what it is.
All in all a lovely high summer's day.