Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sunshine with a sting in its tail

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Last weeks weather was dominated by heavy bursts of rain that were followed by the sun punching a hole through the glowering clouds:  an excellent combination for a bit of on your doorstep photography, or so I thought, I threw on my wellingtons* and dashed into the garden.

The iris leaves by the pond were bejewelled,

Sun and rain 2

the apples looked scrumptious, I was having a lovely time;

Sun and rain 3

then a wasp (one of the many that are feasting on the fruit that’s been splayed open by crows)  crawled up my trouser leg and stung me on the thigh, that was Monday and I’m still having to slap antihistamine cream on it today.

*I knew those wellingtons were too short, if they’d have been a decent length I’d have tucked my trousers in and none of this would have happened.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

17 thoughts on “Sunshine with a sting in its tail

  1. The photos are lovely – sorry about the mean wasp. One time my husband was on a chair (not the smartest move) on the patio in S. CA and trying to get a wasp nest down. A wasp shot out of the nest and stung him on the earlobe – needless to say – he toppled off the chair – never to do that again – once the big fat earlobe healed.

  2. Photography knows no pain.

  3. In northern Michigan it is an article of faith that duct tape is the solution to the vast majority of life’s little problems, and to quite a few of the big ones as well. If you must wear the too-short red wellies–and we have had this conversation before–you might wish to duct-tape them to your trouser legs.

    At least your suffering in the cause of Art was not in vain, as those photos are luscious.

  4. I’ve noticed them on the blackberries today and they don’t usually bother with them; it could make picking them a tad tedious……

  5. My husband is an anaphylactic (sp?). We have wasp traps hanging from the back of the garden to attract them away from the house. It is 5 years since he was stung – the epipen has not been used yet.

  6. That sounds very unpleasant, I don’t have a good reaction to any insect bites, but it’s not in that league. Although if I had any sting near my mouth or throat, I’d be seeking very urgent help! Do epipens have a long shelf life, do you have to replace them every year?

  7. Nature is wonderful – the images and reflections capture in a small drop of water.

    Do you know that all wasps are female until late in the summer when males are produced to service the females.

  8. Ive just nipped to the fridge for an apple
    what a lovely picture.

    Err sorry but im one of those who likes my fruit cold .

    My cousin has a problem with stings from bees and wasps.
    He starts fitting and has to have a visit in hospital.

    I just like the honey they produce

  9. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t rather have your single wasp sting instead of the several hundred (it feels like) midgie bites I got this weekend. I look like I have measles.

  10. Careful – photographing water drops can get addictive. Trust me.

    Sorry about the wasp…. 😦

  11. The last day of ‘summer’ is gey dreich up hereabouts. Just as well it’s not a holiday for us.

  12. That will teach you to wear “fashion” wellies for girlies. The OH learned her lesson long ago and only wears serious farmer wellies these days. Mind you, she looks pretty good in them.

  13. If you can find the nest, then a good dose of derris dust usually sees them off and does so fairly quickly. I prefer derris over the more modern insecticides since although highly toxic, the stuff degrades in the environment fairly quickly and doesn’t persist.

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