Thank you to Moira for hosting the Slow Blog Linky - I'm just linking up to make my excuses for the lack of creativity. I managed to finish one project since the last linky but I am spending the summer holidays trying to be a Good Mother, attempting to keep on top of the weeds on the allotment, and working, so not much craftiness involved.
For the last week I did get to go skiving off to the mountains up North with my husband, without children!
Last year we actually managed to get up to the top of that mountain - this time we were looking at it from the top of something a little smaller. The vegetation on top of our hill looked like this, heather and blaeberries.
It seems to be a particularly good year for them. Nom nom nom.
We found this Emperor Moth caterpillar which made me think of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, only missing a hookah to make him look even more psychedelic.
Further down, it was more meadow, with some beautiful orchids. I think this is the Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) although it definitely was not growing on lime as described in my book.
Sneezewort (achillea ptarmica).
There were more beasties too - a shield bug,
and a dung beetle.