As ever on a Monday, after my weekend of cricket, it's been really hard for me to get anything done today. The exhaustion has been like lying with a piano on me, and the close, muggy conditions have just made the lethargy worse.
However, I did go for a walk to the park, dear Sconce Park, where I haven't been for a while, it feels like. The River Devon is edged with a thick growth of hairy willow herb, some still in flower and some gone to seed. The flowers are providing a vital food source for pollinators, still plenty of honeybees about and bumbless too.
I also spotted 3 species of dragonfly down by the river - common darter, migrant hawker and brown hawker. August is always their big month, although the common darters will be around for a while yet.
On my drive way when I got home, I found a worn out tree bumblebee. I don't actually have any sugar, crazily, so I tried to revive it with fruit juice. Seemed to be helping at first, but sadly in the end the bee died.
Saddened by this.
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