Butterflies and Boxes

We have disturbed a number of butterflies hibernating in the house and outbuildings.  This tortoiseshell did not really want to wake up but when offered sugar and water looked a bit happier.


After filling up it was happy to flutter its wings in the sunlight.


Yesterday, instead of our usual post van we found a convoy (of two) red vans outside the house.  The reason being that our post contained six very large boxes – our usual postman had dragged our his boss to drive an additional van.  So today we had the task of moving the boxes to behind the house


and trying to work out the assembly instructions


Currently the last sun of the day shines through the conifer shelter belt from behind, making them look on fire from within


And finally, today’s gratuitous “view from the garden” picture