The Elmhams, Suffolk, 12 November 2022

Belinda and I did a bit of walking and poking about around the Elmham villages on Saturday - a quiet part of the county that I particularly like. 

A walk to the 'Minster' hidden in the woods near South Elmham Hall revealed little in the way of anything memorable with just a few Redwings, 2 Mistle Thrushes, Green Woodpecker, a late Peacock butterfly and a large Turkey Oak near the ruins. 

A second walk - to the remote church of All Saints, South Elmham was interesting for a piece of medieval stained glass in one of the windows depicting what looks like a Cuckoo. Upon investigation there is a farm called Cuckoo Farm very close by. A Twitter follower then enlightened me to an old snippet of folklore whereby, back in medieval times it was said that if you caught and kept a Cuckoo you could ensure the continuation of summer. Fascinating stuff! 

Fast forward to Sunday and I popped into Jus's house in Norwich to see a new moth he'd trapped - the rare migrant Golden Twin-spot.      

                                                                                                                                    Turkey Oak
                                                                                                                                    Golden Twin-spot

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