With Carol settling back down with her book in the car park , I returned to mountain goat mode and headed back to Myers Allotment . With the woods sheltering the site from the wind , conditions were ideal for butterflies , but also for biting insects , that a field day on my arms . I returned to the area where I had seen the HBF in the morning , but shade had already crept over the open area , so I headed higher and found a similar area , with Thistles , but still in the sun . After a couple of fly-bys , a Fritillary landed on the Thistle flowers to feed , and then dropped onto the ground as if to rest , giving me my best photographic opportunity . To show just how difficult it is to identify between HBF and DGF , I'm posting topwing shots of both in the order just mentioned .
Nearly evermorning we heard Bullfinches 'heuing' to each other from the trees in the garden , but
We left about 9am. Friday morning , calling in briefly at Carol's cousin in Southport , before getting back onto the M6 . Soon after , we hit torrential rain for mile after mile and even flooding on some of the low parts of the motorway . That weather then snarled up the motorway and we went into stop start mode for ages . Further South we hit another band of heavy rain , just as things were starting to get better . Then as we approached the Dartford Crossing on the M25 , the signs flashed '40 minute delay at crossing' . The reason for the delay , not bad weather or an accident , but so that the tolls could be collected from every car that passed through . Apparently the same thing occurred during the afternoon going North through the tunnel . That tunnel and bridge must have been paid for many times over , by now it should be free . I don't have the exact numbers , but averaging a car every 10 seconds , paying £1.50 ( more for lorries and coaches ) , through about 15 toll booths , means that during the hour we sat in traffic to get through , at least £8,000 was taken N/S and probably the same S/N , as there was still a tail back on that side . We finally got home at just after 7pm. After taking off the stop at Carol's cousin , almost identical time to the outward trip .
And finally , many thanks to Greg for identifying the spider on last Sunday's post as a female Wolf Spider of the Pardosa species .
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