Thursday 22 June 2023
Saturday 17 June 2023
Saturday 10 June 2023
Monday 5th June and with 2 night shifts looming we took a lunchtime walk around Plymouth Hoe in the sunshine. I remembered my camera this time and took some photos of the Bee Orchids in the meadow by the allotment, they are spindly and floppy in the current hot and dry spell but they still look amazing.
Sunday 4 June 2023
June is here and the year is whizzing by at an alarming rate. It won't be long now before its Christmas again!
I have at last reached my target date and I have finally done it and handed in my notice at work. I'm not sure what's next but I no longer want to be this anxious, knackered, irritable, stressed, depressed version of myself and so it's time for a change - nearly 29 years of nursing in the NHS has exacted a heavy toll and it is one that I can no longer endure although it has also been a privilege to have worked in the role that I have.
Work has been an ever growing struggle since the beginning of the year and even my wildlife hasn't been soothing my soul as it usual does and I've felt like I'm just going through the motions. In fact the last 3 years have been increasingly shite, ever since the COVID lock down in 2020, but now its time to stop as I just feel very burnt out, not good for me but certainly not good for the patients in my care.
Anyway, after 2 more night shifts we had a walk around Plymouth Hoe on Wednesday 31st May and I was pleased to find my first Bee Orchids of the year in the wild meadow near the allotment along with my first Burnet Companion of the year - unfortunately I had left my camera at home!
Thursday 1st June was hot and sunny as the settled spell of weather continues and we took a short walk on Roborough Down to look for butterflies before heading off to visit Davids Mum in her residential home as her health continues to decline.
There were plenty of Brimstones flitting about but little else, just 2 Speckled Wood, a Wall, 3 Small Heath and 2 Green Hairstreak. I took my Emperor Moth lure out with me but I wasn't expecting any success as the lure is over 2 years old and it's a bit late in the season for them, however a worn male eventually did appear which was nice to see.
Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Blackcap were singing away and Yellowhammer and Stonechat were also seen and heard but the highlight were 2 male Dartford Warbler singing away in areas I've not seen them in before.