Is this the hottest day of the year?

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Marbled White, Red Hill, Lincs
What an amazingly hot hot day today! 30 C in the garden!! This morning was spent pottering in the garden and then at 12.30 we set off for Horncastle as we had been invited to the opening of the Sir Joseph Banks Memorial garden at the headquarters of the Joseph banks Society. This was a very pleasant occasion and we felt privileged to be there. This new walled garden constructed by the Linkage Community Trust for the Joseph banks Society contains many plant species linked to Banks himself.
As I was in Banks House at school in Horncastle and with with my passion for nature I should really join the Joseph Banks society. Watch this space Pearl and Cheryle!!!

From this auspicous ceremony we drove the short distance to Red Hill Lincs Trust reserve where I knew there should be marbled whites in flight and pyramidal orchids in flower. We were not disappointed. This is a super little reserve high on the Lincolnshire Wolds overlooking the valley of the River Bain and Horncastle. This must have been a view familiar to Banks himself. Not only did we see the above species, there were also ringlet, heath and large skipper butterflies on the wing.

As we are recently into geocaching we took the opportunity to grab three caches - one of these was an Earth cache which was really interesting!!!

Following the geocaching we repaired to the Black Horse in Donnington for a well-deserved pint of Theakstons - well shandy for The Lady Pickwell who was driving home!!!

A wonderful day!!!