Saturday, 10 October 2015

Supermoon, peppers and an attendance medal

supermoon
On September 27th during a detecting club dig I found a West Sussex Education Committee excellent attendance medal c.1910. This is the second one I have found, the previous one being in January 2011. In the evening I photographed the Supermoon, and in the early hours we witnessed the Blood Moon eclipse. 
  The following day we ate the first green chilli pepper from the plant that George gave us. The seeds are not fully developed so we will leave the others for a while. Both plants have done well on the balcony, though the chilli pepper’s leaves have been literally decimated by something. I found one small larva on a leaf in the early days but failed to identify the later culprits. The other plant is a green pepper plant with two bulbous green peppers growing on it.
  On 29th I visited Arundel WWT where the Trumpeter Swans have raised four cygnets.
 On 30th I met Mark at Newhaven Tide Mills where we searched for Long-tailed Blues in vain, then tried our luck at Whitehawk Hill, Brighton, with the same result. The view over Brighton was amazing.
  On October 2nd I did a transect at Mill Hill with the following results: one very worn Adonis Blue, 1 Comma, 11 Meadow Brown, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Heath, 4 Small White. On the balcony I found a new moth, a Beautiful Plume.
Chilli pepper, Capsicum annuum
George III penny, 1760-1820
West Sussex Education Committee excellent attendance medal
On one side is a shield containing six Martlets with 'WEST SUSSEX EDUCATION COMMITTEE’ round the edge, on the other side the words ‘AWARDED FOR ONE YEARS  EXCELLENT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL’ Martlets were stylised birds without feet, based on the house martin. The Sussex Shield before 1889 consisted of six martlets. After that date the two administrative counties East and West Sussex were created each with its own coat of arms.
Blood Moon
Arundel WWT:
Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
Hawthorn berries, Crataegus monogyna
Trumpeter Swans, Cygnus buccinator

Whitehawk Hill:
Michaelmas Daisies, Aster amellus
Whitehawk Hill
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady
Mill Hill:
Adonis Blue, Polyommatus bellargus
Beautiful Plume, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Beautiful Plume, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Meadow Brown ♀, Maniola jurtina

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