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Pennine Petal
Kate, full but still eating Co-op Ghanaian dark chocolate with spices and orange oil. Yummy!


Glyn no not chocolate

Jean Genie

Evening all - busy evening . Thought I'ld pop in to say hello. I see the theme is fancy dress tonight. I remember years ago I went to a student party and there was a guy there completely naked with a box of flash tied round his nether parts, and yes . you guessed he came as a flasher !

Lot to choose from, Becks. I can imagine Jess as a little Snow white.

Glad you all like the moth - I've been reading loads about the guy who takes the photos - he has a moth top ten.

Maybe we could have moth of the day


Jean how many moths are there?

Jean Genie

Not sure Kate but I've been copying the photos for my laptop. There are some weird and wonderful ones. I'll find some more, I was reading about this guy on a.o.l. the other day because I do really like moths but there are loads of pics.


Jean Genie

Love this one. This is a Luna moth.


That one is amazing, I just hope that I do not dream about it  Nite.

Hello all, just checking in!
Quite a mix of topics today Fancy dress and the lovely pics of moths and greenhouse plants. (I wish my greenhouse looked like that.)

The weather has been better up here today. My house is fine but the flood water has made travel rather tricky! Went to pick up my daughter from an after school club yesterrday and it was a bit of a magical mystery tour getting there and home with various roads closed. Traffic was bad with the A1 being closed and lorries having to divert too.
Anyway, safe, sound and dry.
Gary Hobson

Moths are grossly neglected. There are a lot of them, in our own gardens, though we don't see them. Unless you do the stuff with lights and egg boxes. I suspect our moths might not be as photogenic as those two, which I guess are foreign ones.

A facinating evening's telly last night. I started with Food Hospital. It featured a fruitarian, someone who only eats fruit. He believes it's more chimpanzee like. Doctors showed he had week bones, and was consuming far too much sugar (which is in fruit). Needs to eat more nuts.

Then Who Do You Think You Are - Ken Roach. I don't watch Corrie so thought this would be boring. Quite the contrary. His granny was a leisure entrepreneur, involved with Alton Towers - a former stately home - that was fascinating, and also with Blackpool pleasure beach. His granddad had a quack medicine shop on the promenade. Patients had to hold two electric terminals. The volts running through the body could cure most things. Blackpool then banned a whole load of practices - including palmistry. I was there some years ago and the place was full of palmists.

Then I caught Jon Snow's program about Ecstasy Live. The program was more entertainment, than science, but quite fascinating in it's own way.


Good morning everyone

I love the Luna moth - I would love to see a Moth of the Day

I didn't feel too well yesterday so didn't do a lot - feel a bit better this morning so may go and trim up some Fuchsias ready for them  to go in the greenhouse

Enjoy your day

Pam LL x

Leycesteria formosa



Goiod morning everyone.

Hope you are all feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed on this lovely morning, wall to wall blue sky here.

Got a very busy day ahead. We are stripping out the greenhouse ready to give it a good clean, didn't get done properly last year as OH had both his knee joints replace within 6 months, so things got a bit neglected.Then the cold frame. Went to check the caravan this morning and OH has turned it into temporary GH.

Have a good day, will check in later to see how you are doing.


Once again great pics. I might get round to posting some myself later.

Jean Genie

Mornin all , Lovely photo Pam, as always, I have a fine selection of desktop photos now  Glad you're feeling better.

Hope the roads are better todaylooo Nola. Very grey here today but no rain which is a bonus.

Gary. I know so many people who are terrified of moths and bats too , yet the same people love butterflies ??? The two pictures are moths from America . The most exotic one I've ever seen was a humming bird hawk moth feeding on the honeysuckle a few years back but I'm sure there are others.

The mothmans name is Warren Krupsaw and here is the link if anyone is interested. Have a good day everyone.



Morning. Bright here with the promise of more - and I spend Thurs. afternoons in the office for the dog rescue, just my luck.

Love the moths, agree with Gary that they're very neglected as a species. I think we do have some beautifully marked ones here but many are very tiny. Hawk moths, I think, can hold their own with many of the exotic ones.

Pam, I am waiting for my neighbour's Leycesteria to fruit so I can beg a few berries for seed. I cannot find the plant in the garden centres that I frequent and it was recommended to me as suitable for the chickens' free range area. It is a welcome splash of colour at this time.

Nola, you have probably already said this and I missed it - whereabouts in the country are you?


Morning houswifes everywhere-that takes us back a bit-off sick from school no tv just radio- Housewives Choice,Mrs Dales Diary,reading comics in bed-happy days

Here is my contribution to mouth of the day




Nola (who I think is  in North Yorkshire)  my heart sinks every time I see those pictures of peoples houses flooded.

Flo if your neighbour is not willing to give you some seeds let me know.



Gary Hobson
David K wrote (see)

.., I was lucky enough to get pics of both the caterpillar and adult Elephant Hawk Moth...

It needs more than luck.

I don't know that much about Elephant Hawk Moth (or any others). Mr Google has just told me that Elephant Hawk caterpillars feed on rosebay willow herb and fuschias, and the moths like honeysuckle and buddlea. I have all those plants, but have never seen either the caterpillars or moths. Challenging.


Flobear, why not ask your neighbour if you could take a few cuttings.  I have never managed to get the seeds to germinate.

Pottie Pam

Good morning all,

Hope everyone is feeling better today.

Lovely photo Pam and like your moth Jean.

This photo was taken two days ago. Ivy is a bit of a 'marmite' plant but brilliant for wildlife. Still a lot of Red Admirals about but not a good year for butterflies. The ivy is covered with honey bees when the sun comes out. 

Geoff, I hope that photo was before your visit to the dentist.