We've been at my brother's and sister-in-law's place,
just sitting around (my brother is probably watching the Tour, hence the drawn curtains),
eating and drinking,
enjoying the light on this and that.
One of the funny dolls my sister makes.
I grew up with those wheel-back chairs, always nice to see them again.
'Where dem cats?' Mol enjoys her visits here, the resident cats enjoy them rather less.
Mol's in good form again, though she developed a peculiar case of 'broken wag', also known as cold or limp tail (no kidding), ten days or so after her operation, which has now worn off, thankfully. She couldn't lift her tail, and it hung down at a sad angle, she could only twitch the end of it a bit. It was quite distressing at first, like seeing someone who normally greets you with a warm smile with a frozen face, unable to do so, though she didn't seem to be in any pain, and Emy the vet was quite worried, as she'd not seen such a thing before. Day by day though, the she was able to raise and move the organ of wag a little more, and now it is back to normal. Thanks be to the internet, for reassurance about such anomalies.
Sister-in-law made a lovely curry; she went to get the ginger and found it had most curiously sprouted.
We did get out and about too, and I'll sort out some more photos shortly.
Two of the swallowtail caterpillars were still there when we got back,
one on the Mexican orange (another we found on that had disappeared), and the other on the parsley.
Then the parsley one made a trek across the thyme and climbed onto the fennel, which I understood was their preferred food crop of all, where I'd tried to put this one in the first place but been unable to make it hold on. However, rather than moving up to the juicier leaves it seemed inclined to hunker down on the lower twigs. Then at about the same time both caterpillars disappeared, though I've looked around a bit for them. It seems unlikely that they've all been eaten at once, so I hope they've tucked themselves away somewhere invisible and are turning into chrysalids.