It's a Bank Holiday here in the UK because New Years Day, a Bank Holiday fell on a Sunday - so an extra day off. Indeed, looking out of the window this morning, it's a glorious sunny day with just a hint of breeze. Gale force winds and heavy rain tomorrow - joy!
I've been keeping my compost heap going with vegetable peelings from the kitchen and that goes towards making a solid start to get the heap going again when the weather starts to get slightly warmer. Imagine my surprise the other day when I put some peelings in the heap to discover several wasps just sitting there among the peelings, not moving. This is the first time in the many years I've had a heap that I've noticed this.
In fact wasps hibernating was not something I had ever considered before but according to the research I've done that's exactly what some of them do. What's more there are over 100,000 species of wasp. Now I hate wasps. I make no secret of the fact and indeed would admit that I run a mile when one is about. I don't mind bees at all, but wasps - no thanks. I always used to say "What's the point of a wasp?" They are just a blooming nuisance.
Although I've seen this on a few nature programmes over the years, it dawned on me that they do us a small service by laying their eggs inside our insect pests. In turn this kills the pests as the wasp larvae eat their insides or when they emerge. Delightful. So instead of hating wasps 100%, I now only hate them 90%. Nature is wonderful but sometimes can be amazingly nasty.
Its a reading day today - a 'me' day. It's a no chore day, although I have already emptied the dishwasher, made a cup of tea for her indoors who is still in bed (it might prompt her to make me one while I'm in bed now and then); put the rubbish in the recycling bins; fed the fish and fussed the cats. Mind you - I'm half asleep so it might have been fussed the fish and fed the cats.
So have a great day wherever you are - working or resting.