Thursday, 17 September 2015

 Welcome to my new follower Debbie.
Thankyou for your replies from my quick post this morning about the caterpillars, DC your right , like you say the leaves will drop of soon anyway and hubby says they will soon disappear.



We decided as it was a nice day we would have a relaxing family day out, won't be many of those in the next few years, our son is going to be busy at uni. So we thought we would do something a bit different, we caught a steam train, we got off at a few stops, had some lunch, it was a really good day very relaxing, just taking in the views. We did find a nice garden centre with some good fruit bushes so we are going to pop back with the car maybe next week to get some, anyway here are some pictures of the day.




















13 comments:

  1. What fantastic photographs. I'm glad you had a relaxing day. X

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  2. Really nice photographs, thank you.

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    1. Thankyou I took my Nikon,as I am getting lazy taking pictures on the mobile all the time.

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  3. Wonderful day out. Train travel is so relaxing and what fun to go on a 'proper' train! {mind, I do love the quiet carriages when available} Great photos too, especially the one with the tree in the foreground. Glad you took some time out from your busy days of late.

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    1. Thankyou it was so nice something we all enjoyed it, will do it again in the future.

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  4. It looks like you had a great day out, I love steam trains x

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  5. The caterpillars on your previous post are definitely Buff Tips. The moths are very beautiful and look just like a snapped off silver birch twig. They'll be pupating very soon (early Oct at latest). Buff Tip caterpillars often start off all feeding together in a big group like yours but within a week or two they'll have moved off on their own to find somewhere to pupate. The caterpillar will crawl underground, make a small chamber in the earth and pupate. The pupa will stay in the ground until next Spring when the moth will emerge. If by any chance you happen to dig the pupae up, don't replace them in the ground because they will suffocate. Put them in a plant pot away from the elements but with access to outdoors so they can emerge and fly off. Having moths in your garden (and caterpillars) is great- they are really important species in the food chain and as indicators of the health of the environment (and by extension your garden). Their numbers nationally have declined steeply in the last 50 years (we've lost 40% of our moths in that time) so it is really important to let them go through their life stages when you do find them.

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    1. Thankyou for your reply I was hoping you would give me some good advice, we have decided to let them be like you say they will be pupating soon, and I don't like harming creatures.

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  6. How lovely, a proper train, I am envious. And yes, the caterpillars are definitely Buff Tips.

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  7. Wonderful day out! Looks like you had a lot of fun x

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    1. Hi Fiona, it was one of our best days out.x

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