I'm wide awake when I should be asleep, so now is as good a time as any to post! Yesterday's rain, and did it rain, non stop for hours - has been followed by a day of bright sunshine. Quite brisk and breezy, good for drying the washing though and warm in little spots out of the wind.
Walking the dog at around 4pm and passing through one of those sheltered spots, I was delighted to see an absolutely perfect Red Admiral, flawless and richly coloured, with wings spread resting on a bramble and soaking up the sun - having surely just emerged from its crysalis. Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera, so by way of compensation have included a small painting completed many years ago depicting a Red Admiral feeding on a fallen apple.