2020年06月25日

The amazing butterfly.

Hi bloggers hope you are all well, really hot in London hope you are able to keep cool.   I was looking out of my window I have a very tiny balcony on which I keep some plants.  I planted some wild flowers seeds that are supposed to attract bees and butterflies.  I saw the most beautiful tiny small butterfly, and it felt so delighted to see it.   It got me thinking how amazing butterflies are.

Their life cycle involves four distinct changes.  The butterfly begins life as an egg and is deposited on leaf.  The next stage is called the larva stage when the egg transforms into a caterpillar.  The third transformation is the pupa stage when the caterpillar builds a cocoon and it hangs from the leaf till it is time to emerge.  The fourth metamorphosis occurs when the butterfly emerges.  The length of time all this takes can vary from a month to a year.  It is really miraculous.

A truly amazing butterfly is the Monarch they are beautifully colored butterflies that are easy to recognize by their striking orange, black, and white markings. The most amazing thing about monarch butterflies is the enormous migration that North American monarchs undertake each year.  Every autumn as cold weather approaches, millions of these delicate insects leave their home range in the USA and Canada and begin flying south.  They continue until they reach Southern California or central Mexico, more than 2,000 miles.  I was amazed when I read of their journey.

We have an expression " I've got butterflies in my stomach" meaning the person feels nervous or frightened about something.  It's also used by some people to describe feeling in love.

The legendary Mohammed Ali has a very well known quote .

Float like a butterfly, 

Sting like a bee.

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2020年06月17日

TREES

Hi bloggers hope that you're well, I've seen how hot it is in Japan hope it gets a bit cooler for you all.  As you will have noticed from previous blogs I love trees, so I was delighted when I saw some articles about trees that were significant to people. 

One feature was about an apple tree, the couple had been living in their house for forty years.  The apple tree was a constant source of joy and comfort to the family.  The tree had provided, a play space for their children and fruit for them to eat.  It's a miracle that despite, whatever is happening the apple tree is not only a thing of beauty, but also gives fruit that can be transformed into delicious food.

In a village in Western Africa, home of about 700 people a mango tree plays a central part in the people's lives.  The tree provides not only delicious fruit but also gives people somewhere to escape from intense sunlight and scorching heat.  The tree has very dense foliage providing an almost cave like space to rest and recover.  Incredible how one tree can be so important to people's survival.

This is a quote from Thich Naht Hanh,

“Look at the tree. [It] is a wonderful thing, a tree.  A tree is very beautiful.  A tree to me is as beautiful as a cathedral, even more beautiful.  I look[ed] into the tree and I saw the whole cosmos in it."

Thich Naht Hanh is a zen Buddhist teacher he has brought Buddhism to many people and he advocates peace and harmony and respect for all.
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2020年06月10日

AMAZING

Hi bloggers it's a dull grey rainy day in London, but the rain is really needed, I'm pleased as the plants and trees are all looking lifeless.
This week marks the 150 year anniversary of the famous English novelist Charles Dickens who was an English writer and social critic.  He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.  His works were hugely popular during his lifetime, and he is still today recognised as a literary genius.  His novels and short stories are still widely read today.

His childhood was very difficult and he worked in a factory when his father was imprisoned for debt.  Despite his lack of formal education, he wrote many novels and short stories.   He campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.   His works are still widely read today quite a remarkable man.

As I've said before animals always bring me great pleasure and I was amazed when I saw a photo of a bird called the Australian fairy wren. Research has revealed that the male fairy wrens sing to their eggs, when the chicks hatch they can recognise their parents unique song. Truly a magical little bird.

Another amazing animal I discovered is a cat called the sand cat.  It is also known as the sand dune cat.  It lives in deserts it is a very small cat and it has hair long hair that covers its paws and protects them from the desert heat.  So many amazing animals.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.

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