Sunday 1st July

By | July 1, 2012

What’s the saying “pinch, punch, first day of the month and no returns”? Well, that’s how this morning and evening has felt.

We had a Bad night last night – note the capital B. For some reason every so often – even though we have catflaps – one of the cats takes it upon herself to sit outside the front door and yeowl! Whether it links in with some sort of moon cycle I don’t know, but it’s about once a month, then you get up, let her in and then she goes out the catflap around to the door and starts again. T slept soundly through all this – he can sleep through anything – but, despite the fact that D had had her Melatonin, it kept her awake.

One tired D, one tired Mumma today. So we abandoned our plans to go into town – way too much sensory overload on top of tiredness – and spent our day mainly looking at the butterflies!!

By 11am, we had nine butterflies. Which is a 90% success rate. The remaining pupa doesn’t look very healthy and that might be where the cat (yes, her again) managed to paw it from the outside of the enclosure.

D has spent a lot of time looking at them and collecting flowers for them. We’ve been able to get really close to them, here’s some pictures:

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In the last one, the butterfly has its leg on my nail. It just flew over and sat on a cushion next to me!

During the course of the day, 6 have flown away. Two stayed in the garden so we’ve popped them back in the enclosure overnight so nothing with four paws & a tail is tempted by them!

This is what’s left of their cocoons, transparent little shells.

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The red stuff is waste products that are collected in the pupa, it looks like blood but apparently it’s natural.

When she hasn’t been butterfly-observing, D has been reading her book on the butterfly life cycle and, more often, playing the same Angry Birds Space trailer on YouTube.

This evening went a bit downhill, Hubbie’s task was to wash D’s hair, I was within listening distance but I don’t know who got more stressed 🙁 They’d just made up (finally) when Hubbie managed to injure his toe nail on one of her little teeny tiny toys that she likes. Injured Hubbie, very upset Daisy, it was a case of being an multi-tasking octopus, dealing with his injury first and then comforting D afterwards.

Not pleasant but she’s all calm now and Hubbie’s had his nurofen and I’m sure Euro 2012 is helping to take his mind off it!

So….bit of a rollercoaster day. I hope everyone’s had a nice day, thanks very much for reading, comments/RTs as ever welcomed Jx 😘

Another end picture courtesy of Bev @hodgesclan tonight, I’ve been sent a few brilliant ones (thanks again Bev x)

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thenotsomightyom on 2nd July 2012 at 3:16 am.

Butterfly Pictures are wonderful. Sounds if Hubby did a good job on the hair wash.My neighbour is a single parent who has an Autistic Child, but she has had a lot of support from her parents who live near by.Thanks for the Blog.

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AutismMumma on 3rd July 2012 at 5:01 pm.

You’re welcome, thanks very much for reading 🙂

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