This was a first for me, a beautiful praying mantis settled on my arm a few days ago when I was catching the last rays of summer sun in our courtyard. Startled, I think that the mantis and I just froze, then it turned its head towards me with its extremely large eyes. Of course I shouted for Paul to get the camera. Which must have unnerved it a little because it moved off my arm and onto the chair leg.
They are so much bigger than I anticipated them to be.
You can see the size of the mantis compared with the phone on the floor.
All mantis have enlarged forelegs which are adapted for catching and gripping their pray, their upright posture, while remaining stationary with folded forearms, has given them the name of “Praying Mantis”.
In the picture above you can see that our visitor tried with some success to camouflage itself.
Not so lucky on a white wall but such a gorgeous colour.
Mantis were considered at one time to have supernatural powers by the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Egyptians. They are among the insects most commonly kept as pets.
15th October Saint-Vincent-De-Cosse Pink’Athlon for Cancer research.
I have just returned from a visit to our son who lives in Liverpool, so this post is not about France but still, Liverpool is awesome. It’s one of my favourite cites to visit, it has such a wealth of history, culture and amazing shops.
The barge at the front of this picture was called ‘Imagine’ in memory of the wonderful and thought provoking song by John Lennon. The large Swan boats are towards the rear of the picture, I would love to have a ride in one of those.
A pirate Ship was in dock on this very warm and sunny morning.
This band was brilliant they played the Original Cantina Music-A New Hope, which was in the first Star Wars film. You know the scene when Hans Solo is introduced (who could forget) as he gets into a shoot out with Greedo.
Sefton Park in bloom, looking gorgeous in the Oriental part of the grounds.
Ducks and other birds near and on the lake.
We drove through Birkenhead tunnel, under the river Mersey, twice, it was amazing I wanted to shout out just like the ‘Virgin Broadband advert’, but I kept almost quiet, although Adam had to listen to me repeating “this is amazing” about fifty times. I will grow up one day… well may be not.
All I needed was a large St Barnard dog to come along with a barrel of cognac. What I got instead was the wonderful sight of three grazing Roe deer.
Roe deer are to be found in much of rural France. They are quite small 70cm tall and 130cm in length and are easily identified by the white fur on their rear. Only male Roe deer have antlers which are shed each year and grow back in winter.
The preferred habitat of the Roe deer is lightly wooded, forest land with plentiful hedgerows and open spaces to feed. Paul and I were travelling to Sarlat market when we spotted these three deer grazing in a field between the forest and road.
In common with some other smaller mammals such as rabbit or mice, the Roe deer prefer to emerge at dawn and twilight to eat grass, berries and leaves. They also manage to eat their way through many garden plants from time to time.
Luckily we were the only traffic on the road and the deer were not spooked for a few minutes so we were able to stop and take these pictures.
After a few moments of close scrutiny one made a dash but we did not hear the “barking” warning noise to the other deer to run for cover. In fact the one on the right had jumped into the next field before the other deer even looked up and realised that she was missing.
I know these are not deer but the cows looked so wonderful against the frozen background.
A little warmer today -2 but feels like -3 and I am forcing myself to drink hot chocolate laced with cognac, delicious and warming. “another please Paul”.
Event:- Not to be missed is Sarlat Truffle Festival on the 14th and 15th January, try the truffle macaroons they are delicious.