Another welcome visitor here enjoying the sun. I think this is a comma butterfly - it stayed for several minutes and may have been drinking from a tiny drop of moisture at the side of the little waterfall/cascade.
A clearer view of the butterfly above, and the long awaited day of capping the pond has arrived - work in progress below.
There will be stone slabs laid on top of the step which will be just the right height for putting my cup of tea down when I am sitting in the right hand corner where the bucket thing is, or for doing step exercises!
It all looks very raw and new and needs to weather in a bit but I am very pleased with the result and have to wait 2 or 3 days for the mortar to go off before using the step. I do hope we have a fine weekend so I can get out there and get all the plants in to soften the hard edges and tidy up the patio. Having said that, the lawn is looking parched and the soil in places is more like dust so we could really do with some rain. Only after all the weddings, fetes and other outdoor events have taken place of course.
This is a bit blurred I'm afraid as I had to take it through the kitchen window. Blackbirds love apples and this one had gorged himself and had to sit for a while to let the apple go down. He was quite motionless for some time and I wondered if he was injured, but he suddenly came to life and started tucking in all over again.
Another lovely picnic spot to finish with. It was so peaceful here beside the River Avon at Twyning just north of Tewkesbury. It's hard to believe there is a busy motorway in the middle distance. While we were there I heard a cuckoo again - that's the second time this year and I hadn't heard one for decades.