Ringlets at Midsummer – a wonderful Dream


We’ve been watching what we know as ‘tussock field’ for the Ringlets to re-appear. last year this chocolate coloured butterfly was a new one for us, and we tried hard to capture it on camera, but failed. There were clouds of them fluttering around and they we’re a great delight.

This year we’ve been waiting expectantly for them, and yesterday we found our first few, and today there were several more. Both days we had success with the camera too, so there’s one here to show you what I’m on about! They don’t seem to settle with wings open often, but I’m quite pleased with the result of being patient and very careful when they do. It was also great to sit in this favourite field just lapping up the view this afternoon, and the wind creating waves across the long grass… could have stayed for ages but I had a church meeting!

This morning after church we also saw a Red Kite… rather an easy viewing: the boy and I were sat in the car at Waitrose waiting for the man to get some milk!

Oberon and Puck
Oberon and Puck

Last night we went out with friends to see ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ done in the open-air at a big house (privately owned) near Hartley Wintney as a fund raiser for their church extension. The evening started with a picnic accompanied by live Jazz which lovely, then we moved over to the theatre area, sat on a lawn in front of a slightly raised staging area for the production by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company

I’ve never seen Dream, though it’s the husband’s favourite play (not just Shakespeare) and he’s seen it several times, which was the main reason for going – we thought it would be good introduction to Shakespeare for the lad, and could finally find out what hubby’s been raving about all these years!

Bottom with fairies Peasblossom, Cobweb and Mustardseed
Bottom with fairies Peasblossom, Cobweb and Mustardseed

They were fantastic! It was professional, clear, hilariously funny, well lit (and not just “by moonlight”), great visually (you had to watch what the non-speaking characters were doing as well as the speaking ones to get all the visual jokes) in short an absolute joy. Some of the language had been tweaked just slightly to make it more understandable (“bum” for the word “prat” which few would have understood) but this was a positive change, especially for the kids. The play within a play at the end was extremely bawdy and we felt this was totally authentic to how it would have been originally done. Our lad and his friend possibly learnt a thing or two, and we laughed till we cried… literally.

Graham took the piccies, not me. This is thoroughly to be recommended, and their tour dates are here: http://www.chapterhouse.org/midsummer.htm


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