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Butterfly Count and Contemplation

Discussion in 'After dementia — dealing with loss' started by BeckyJan, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. BeckyJan

    BeckyJan Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    18,972
    Derbyshire
    Last year I did the Butterfly Count and was amazed at the number of butterflies I had visiting the garden. So I have just done my first for this year. Only 1 to record which is a bit sad but will do it again later today and within the next few days.

    It involves sitting for 15 minutes to record the butterflies you see. Whilst there was not much happening today it gave me time to contemplate on how things are now over 3 years since David died. I never forget him and this corner of the garden is where I sit to count butterflies and to just think! There is a lot of sadness but at the same the joy that this corner belonged to us. The roses were set up at the very beginning of his illness and I keep it much as it was then. Some of his ashes are there so I feel very close.

    www.bigbutterflycount.org

    It would be lovely to hear from others who are doing this count - it helps track what is happening in the environment!
     

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  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,569
    Female
    South coast
    What a lovely garden you have and how special those roses must be
    My husband and I are going to do the butterfly count too. We did the bird count earlier on this year.
     
  3. BeckyJan

    BeckyJan Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    18,972
    Derbyshire
    Yes the roses are special :).

    I would love to hear what you record re butterflies in your garden. Its amazing how many there are and how they are disregarded in our everyday lives.
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,596
    Kent
    I often see the odd white butterfly fluttering about and occasionally two together. A few years ago I had pale blue butterflies in my garden but have never seen any since. Someone told me it was the type of flower in the garden which attracted the blue ones. They were really lovely.
    I`m not very good at identifying them and have never done a count.

    The roses look lovely Jan.
     
  5. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,224
    Merseyside
    Your garden looks lovely & peaceful Jan.
     

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