and stunning. I can hear the cicadas making a real din outside - I love it - it's the sound of summer to me.
I'm happy today, because I spoke to mum and dad on the webcam. Mum's computer has been out of action - turns out it was totally broken so she hasn't had one since the middle of October - she got a new one a couple of days ago and the web cam works perfectly - so it was lovely to see them.
I've been swimming a fair bit. Every November there is a Russell to Paihia sea swim ~ it's coming up for 4km across the Bay. I decided that this year I wanted to do the swim as a goal. I thought I better start training now, as I am a decent swimmer but incredibly out of practice! Turns out my stroke is all wrong for sea swimming ( If I want to get the best out of it) so I've been taking some coaching lessons as well.
I've only ever really swam in swimming pools so being out in the open sea swimming ( rather than under it diving) is a bit different, especially if there are big waves. I like it, but am in constant fear of sharks! Silly.
This is me having just finished a session - Lloyd was watching from the beach to make sure I was ok!
Anyway, it's great fun just now - can't think it'll be quite the same in the middle of winter when it's cold.
Oh and I'm a bit worried about Fred. His chrysalis is still very dark and he hasn't hatched yet. I did a bit of research and tbh I'm not sure it's supposed to be like this for so long. There are various diseases that can cause this too and he may have died. The chrysalis is still hard though and doesn't smell or anything and I can still see the red wings through it so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.