A couple of weeks ago I had a very quick look at the Narnia installations at Killerton House – see here. I have now been back and had a better look – here are a few photos. It is well worth a visit – details here and it is a welcome break from shopping!
I was over at Killerton yesterday for a meeting and afterwards had a very quick look at the new Killerton offer – Narnia – the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I will be going again as it was all a bit of a rush but it looks great. For visiting details see here.
Christmas at Killerton is now becoming quite an institution and it is definitely worth a visit. Catch the House part during the day and the parkland bit after dark.
You can see the full photo set here.
I had an all day meeting at Killerton yesterday and after the meeting finished and as the sun was shining I popped into Ashclyst Forest again to look for white admirals. What a success – never seen so many butterflies in one place before. Counted them all up and then submitted them to Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count. 123 individuals in 15 minutes!
Sunday was a pretty bad day weather wise – it poured with rain all morning but finally the skies cleared at 2 o clock – I ventured out to Ashclyst Forest on the Killerton Estate in search of some white admiral butterflies – I failed but I did see a few other insects before the rain came back in again at 4.30pm.
The tiny hoverfly Meliscaeva cinctella – you can see the halteres – the pale white blobs just below where the wings join the body – all insects have two pairs of wings – in flies the second pair are modified and are called halteres. These act as mini gyroscopes to help flies buzz around!
So no white admirals …. I will try again during August if and when the promised heatwave returns!
Killerton’s Nutcracker offer is open up to Christmas – it is worth a visit – you won’t be disappointed – full details here
We held our SW Leaders Day in Broadclyst at the Victory Hall yesterday – at lunchtime some of us popped over to the NT’s Clyston Mill property in the village for a quick look around. It is a working flour mill and well worth a visit. The season this year is nearly over but it is open until Sunday week – NB – it is only open Saturdays to Wednesdays 1pm-5pm.
If you want to visit – I recommend you contact 01392 462425 to check opening and milling times
I was over at Killerton on Thursday for meeting and afterwards in the car park I photographed this bright red and black insect. The insect in an order known as the hemiptera or true bugs – they are identified from other insects by their mouth parts which are adapted to suck the juices from plants or animals – rather like a type of insectivorous hypodermic syringe! After flicking though my ‘Chinery’ – The Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe (possibly the best book in the world) I quickly found the beast – it is a squash bug called Corizus hyoscyami – this species can be muddled up with some of the ground bugs but our species is much hairier.
Historically Corizus was found along the coast of south Britain but in recent years it has spread inland and northwards as far as Yorkshire – a species responding to a changing climate! For more info on Corizus – see here.
My Mum’s 86th birthday: Plan A meet her from the 9:50 from Barnstaple at Exeter St Davids – up to London – lunch at Jamie Oliver’s in Covent Garden and then a river cruise down Greenwich and then back to Devon…… Plan B: Barnstaple train late – arrives as London train leaves … so no time for the London plan so we go to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Mum’s never been since it re-opened) and then lunch at the Mill on the Exe with my partner who has legged it down from London….
Post lunch we decide to go to Killerton House – I knew my Mum would like the ‘Objects of Desire‘ exhibition – an exhibition put together by the esteemed interior designer Russell Sage. Here are a few photos. The full photoset can be found here.
Definitely worth a visit – good cafe too! but not sure about 2 of the 3 videos in the exhibition – what do you reckon?
p.s. Mum had a great day despite the change of plan :))