Beautiful Butterflies

One of my favourite things about Spring and Summer is that the butterflies start to flit around the garden.  Last year I had one of those packets of seeds that encouraged birds and butterflies – although I have to say there were more insects than anything else.  Still, worth a shot to have a couple of butterflies in the garden.

John Ray was a local naturalist – he lived just down the road from Slamseys Farm and spent his lifetime studying botany, zoology and natural theology, as well as completing important works on the classification of plants and animals.  Butterflies were one of his greatest passions:

“You ask what is the use of butterflies?
I reply to adorn the world and delight the eyes of men;
to brighten the countryside like so many golden jewels.
To contemplate their exquisite beauty and variety is to
experience the truest pleasure”

 John Ray, 1691

Slamseys Sloe Gin Made at Slamseys
Slamseys Sloe Gin
Made at Slamseys

There are lots of things here at Slamseys that have been inspired by John Ray and his love of nature: From the bottles of my sister’s Slamseys Sloe Gin, to our upcoming Art Month in June, which is themed around ‘The Natural World’.

As part of our Art Month and Art Trail (part of the Essex Summer of Art) we will be having a sculpture park in Dovehouse Paddock, where local sculptor Graham Thrussell will be displaying his giant insects, including an interactive butterfly sculpture – sounds exciting doesn’t it?!

Graham Thrussell's Butterfly www.theforgerymetalart.com
Graham Thrussell’s Butterfly
http://www.theforgerymetalart.com
I’m also excited because we will be holding an Entomology class here in the barn at the end of the month with our taxidermy tutor Elle Kaye.  In this relaxing workshop, we’ll learn how to preserve, pin, dry and assemble butterflies.  There’ll be tea and cake and maybe even a little taster of gin!
Butterfly Preservation Workshop Slamseys Art
Butterfly Preservation Workshop
Slamseys Art

So many things that I’m so excited for!  For all the updates about our Art Month, sign up to our newsletter.

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