One consequence of switching from horse to cow manure is that we have many more weeds than before, especially nettles. We were about to mow down a patch of nettles to make some liquid compost, when we noticed that they were covered with caterpillars, which reminded me that nettles are very good breeding places for butterflies. They are quite handsome, aren’t they, with their bright orange stripe? I’m hoping that they will turn into something colourful and exotic looking, such as a red admiral, but I rather suspect they are large whites. In any case, they are well worth saving the nettle patch for. I think I’ll have to put up a sign saying “Butterfly breeding sanctuary” so that our visitors don’t jump to the conclusion that we’re too lazy to do the weeding.