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Three random things

1) I met a tiny adder last week on the hill.  He curled and hissed and darted defensively at me in a way that clearly expressed 'I am a great big snake!  Fear me!'  but at the same time suggested that it was trying to conceal a monumental lack of self-confidence.  It was a very small adder.

2) Walking down by the river, I saw what looked like a tiny, dark-brown grizzly bear poised in the road in front of me, one paw raised in a heraldic fashion.  It looked around at  me, and then sprang agily up into the long grass of the bank.   I think it may have been a mole.

3) My garden is hot and full of flowers, butterflies and bumblebees, and even some of that great rarity, the honeybee.  I saw a fritillary this morning, although it was in too much of a hurry for me to work out which fritillary it was. 

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mcmurphy79
23rd Jun, 2014 19:52 (UTC)
Aw lovely
puddleshark
24th Jun, 2014 10:06 (UTC)
A saluting mole! How splendid. Though if it started happening regularly you would have to wonder what was going on...

I never have much luck with identifying fritillaries - they're always flapping by in such a tearing hurry that I get knocked over by the downdraft.
island_of_reil
25th Jun, 2014 18:57 (UTC)
Completely off topic, but the submerged forest of Borth has made Stateside headlines. I sort of wish Rosemary Sutcliff could have read about this.
bunn
25th Jun, 2014 21:23 (UTC)
She didn't write much about Wales, did she? Artos's home in Sword at Sunset, Angharad's farm towards the end of Sword Song, and Priscus and Priscilla in the Marches, but Wales is mostly out of sight... I don't think she wrote anything about the West coast. Not Romanised enough perhaps!

It seems unlikely someone so widely read would not have come across the story of the Lowland Hundred and its sunken bells, but I guess a big news story can trigger new ideas!

I don't know if you know Susan Cooper at all? Her Dark is Rising series (fantasy) had several scenes in a fictional Cantref Gwaelod, and I always think of those whenever the news stories about the lost land come up.
island_of_reil
25th Jun, 2014 21:38 (UTC)
The Dark is Rising and its sequels have been on my to-read list for some time.
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