Tuesday, 3 December 2013

AN *EPIC STORY FROM….



…..THE MOTH TRAP

There was once a lowly moth trap and upon peering inside this mysterious story started to unfold!


There were two young ladies one named ELDER PEARL (because she was the oldest!)
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and the other called DOT MOTH.
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One day they decided to go for a walk with their two dogs, a GREY PUG
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called LITTLE GREY
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and a BRINDLED PUG
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who went by the name of SNOUT… “because it’s got a cute nose”.
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Standing in the doorway watching them leave was an OLD LADY,
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the MOTHER OF PEARL.
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She saw them off by waving long pieces of material, an old custom known as the RIBAND WAVE.
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After walking for some time they eventually came upon a garden. On entering, through a set of BEAUTIFUL ARCHES
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which were made entirely from BARRED MARBLE…
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…they were a thing of MARBLED BEAUTY,
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they noticed that the garden was covered in a type of matting…a GARDEN CARPET!
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part of which sported a DOUBLE SQUARE SPOT design
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with the rest being of the more COMMON MARBLED CARPET
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pattern.

After walking on for a short while they arrived at, what appeared to be, an outdoor pub called the SILVER Y.
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It had a SHADED BROAD BAR
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courtesy of some trees, which included a SCALLOPED OAK,
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a BEADED CHESTNUT
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and a WILLOW BEAUTY.
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Propping up one end of the bar was an UNCERTAIN
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looking CHINESE CHARACTER
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who had a DUSKY SALLOW
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type complexion. After a short while he was joined by a much younger lad who was adorned with a long flowing cape with FLAME SHOULDER
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stripes. On the the back in large letters were the words LACKY
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the CLOAKED MINOR
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After striking up a conversation with Dot and Pearl Lacky and his friend suggested that it would be a good idea if they were to accompany the two girls on the rest of their journey and, not quite sure of where they were, the girls reluctantly agreed.
So off they set, all four together.  After what seemed like an age of walking, all the time being assured by the ‘boys’ that they were on the right path, they came to a large edifice fronted by a grand entrance made up of an imposing set of DARK ARCHES
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and hanging precariously, on a thin rope, above the centre of the only open arch was a large DARK DAGGER.
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Would they chance that the dagger was secure enough for them to walk under and safely go through the arch or………………To be continued.




Maybe!


*Well…….I said at the top it was an epic, so well done if you stuck with it and I hope you enjoyed this little bit of fun?
The idea for this post came to me while I was sorting through some of the photos of the moths that were caught in the moth trap I bought earlier in the year. Although starting late in the season I’ve had 77 different species of moth in the trap so far (most of which I had no idea even existed..and as they are mostly nocturnal would  probably have never seen!) and it’s been a very interesting experience IDing and photographing them all. I can’t explain the anticipation and excitement that builds when, first thing in the morning, it’s time to open the trap and see what’s been caught overnight.
Buying the moth trap has definitely been my best purchase of this year and I can’t wait for next year’s ‘mothing season’ (and some warmer weather) to come around!







15 comments:

ADRIAN said...

Brilliant Trevor just brilliant.
I've started bookmarking your moths as they will start a very useful reference source. Okay I'll refrain from sycophancy....a free reference source.
Keith with a video and commentary of you chasing the little darlings around your kitchen would be just great.

The Herald said...

Thanks Adrian I'm glad you liked my little story!

To make that reference library worth while you'll have to get a trap...lol

Keith would have to shout his commentary just to overcome all my bleeped out expletives...it's a stressful job is moth wrangling!...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

He's used to shouting....No problems. I worry that your wife may not be as enthusiastic as we are. They can be different at times.
Moth traps are a fortune. If I could find a wee collapsible one for a hundred pounds I'd get one.

The Herald said...

I'm sure he'd manage Adrian.
We would have to do it when the shops were open!!!! (that's me done for now!)
Check mine out it would be ideal for you...[;o)

Roy Norris said...

Bedfordshire's answer to Enid Blyton.
I'm impressed, well done Trevor.

douglas mcfarlane said...

Great images and extremely amusing blog post, even the "unknown" moth was cleverly weaved into the story, I'll have whatever it is you're drinking :o)

Findlay Wilde said...

That is brilliant. It should be in every moth book. From Findlay

The Herald said...

Thanks Roy. Hmmm! Where's that publishers number?...[;o)

Thank you Douglas, glad it raised a laugh. Sorry, but if I divulge what 'tonic' I'm on everyone will want some! The bods who named the moths must have had a good sense of humour, or a large glass of special 'tonic'...UNCERTIAN (hoplodrina alsines) is it's official name...[;o)

Thank's Findlay, it sure would make IDing more interesting...lol...[;o)

Bob Bushell said...

Great moths Trevor, I am besotted, ha ha. The whole lot was funny, I laughed till my socks came off.

The Herald said...

Glad it made you laugh Bob. You'd better pull those socks back on quickly though, there's a cold snap looming!...[;o)

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful stuff Trevor and I am in awe at the variety of moths your trap has caught. It's amazing to see so many species.
Fantastic images by the way.

holdingmoments said...

Nice on Trevor. Seems like you've found your vocation in life; a story teller.

I'm still struggling with some of the ID's of the buggers I took in the summer. Just don't have the patience at times.

The Herald said...

Thanks Andrew. Yeh, I've seen a good variety so far but, with over a thousand UK species, there's still plenty more to see! (hopefully)...[;o)

Cheers Keith. Hmmm? Perhaps I should give it a go,a book maybe? How does Fifty Shades of Moth sound for a title?

Struggling over the ID's is the enjoyable bit!..lol...[;o)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Trevor I knew from when you got that Moth trap adn told that story of them all excaping into your kitchen, thee would be another great story to follow. You certainly gave us all a treat and I laughted and laughed. you photos of the Moths were also great. This must have taken you ages to do but I am looking forward to next year and a follo up story to this one!!!

The Herald said...

Thanks Margaret I'm glad the story gave you a laugh. I'll have to think about next year, you never know, I might just get enough inspiration to do the sequel!...[;o)