It took a while to get going but today was glorious and lived up to the forecast with my weather station recording a high of 19.7˚C with wall to wall Sunshine:
All the miniature Narcissus were in full bloom.
The highlight for me was seeing dozens of butterflies emerging from their Winter shelter spots.
Mainly Small Tortoiseshells:
The only other type I saw were five Brimstones but they would not settle anywhere near to be photographed. That is more Brimstones than I saw in the whole of last year. So far it is looking good for a decent year of flutters.
Also emerging from various cracks and cavities were more seven spot Ladybirds.
A different view for a change.
It looks as though today was a one off with temperatures forecast to return near the seasonal average of 7-10˚C in this part of the country.
Standen House - dressed for Christmas
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