butterflies · Fairies · Nature

Butterfies and Fairies

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Small Tortoiseshell

 

Do you ever just know you are in the right place at the right time? Sometimes you’re lucky.

This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly did a tour of my garden before settling down for a rest.

I’ve always been fascinated by the symmetry and beauty of butterflies. Maybe because as a child I loved stories about fairies. If you look closely at the depictions of a fairy’s wings then really they are the wings of a butterfly. And so, it always seems to me there is something magical, something of another world about them.

Perhaps seeing a butterfly reminds me of those childhood days, lost in a book of fairy stories, transported to another world.

Just for an instant as they grace our presence.

 

I recently read had the pleasure of reading a beautiful book, ‘Cicely Mary Barker and her Art’ by Jane Laing. I’ve posted my review on GoodReads.

Ever wished you could name the butterfly that is fluttering by you?

Well, the Big Butterfly Count  is on until the end of August. There is a handy App you can download.

Butterflies must flutter into my thoughts  more than I realise. One of my very first blog posts  was about butterflies and there have been more since!

A Butterfly Moment

A Kaleidescope of Butterfly Moments

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  ~Hans Christian Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales

Time for a short story? One of my favourites is The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link.

 

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Take some ‘thyme out’.
butterflies · Inspiration · swimming · walking

A Kaleidescope of ‘Butterfly Moments’

Now, I am a person who enjoys exercise, mostly once I’ve finished! I love the sense of achievement.

Owning a dog has made me walk in weather I probably wouldn’t have otherwise and I’ve spoken before about the ‘butterfly moment‘ on a walk when your mind suddenly seems to relax and fly free. Leaving your thoughts clearer to return to everyday life again with new enthusiasm.

A special butterfly ‘moment’.

Well, I’ve been going swimming and something I’ve noticed is that at a certain point I smile when I swim. Slightly bizarre I confess, to smile under the water but there we go.

I think it is probably the same as when I walk, that moment when you begin to enjoy the exercise for what it is and relax into it. I would like to call this my swimming ‘butterfly moment’ but there is no chance of me swimming the butterfly stroke so perhaps it’s not such a good analogy here!

Now, I’m no lepidopterist but there must be something in it as when I went for a run (unfortunately a rare occurrence) recently I again found myself smiling, call it the endorphins, call it what you like, it’s definitely very inspiring.

Have you noticed what gives you your ‘butterfly moment’?

 

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Spring arriving!