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.