January 31 – Our Nemesis found at Wisley

The Winter weather – frozen temperatures, snow showers – postponed our intended Thames Path visit.

So we decided to visit Wisley – mainly to see the “Butterflies in the Glasshouse” and to have another attempt at our Nemesis cache “Botanical Trailblazer”.

(Readers to this blog may remember that we’ve tried several times to find this cache, and each time to no avail. It has subsequently been moved from a muggle-rich area of the car park to a less-frequented spot. This was our first attempt at this new location).

But first the butterflies. Every Winter, over 6 to 8 weeks, the Tropical Glasshouse at RHS Wisley hosts a myriad of butterflies (at least 40 different species) https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/Whats-on-at-RHS-Gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-garden-wisley/butterflies-in-the-glasshouse?gclid=CNzYjK3MwcMCFY_MtAodaQEAXA .

The butterflies are released at different times so its not always possible to see every species, but there are good amount on show. Fluttering around without a care in the world, sometimes eating decaying fruit, other times just resting on a leaf (aka “posing for the many cameras”).

In fact sometimes the only time you can see a butterfly is because there are several camera lenses pointed at it!

Camera pointing, Butterfly feeding

Camera pointing, Butterfly feeding

The heat of the glasshouse meant the lure of cold–weather caching really wasn’t that strong, but eventually we walked back into the car park, and headed for the new cache location. After 10 minutes circling Ground Zero, we were getting nowhere…until we observed a small tell-tale sign and the cache was ours. And what a great cache container it was .. in fact it was so great that we aren’t giving you any spoilers here.. so you will have to wait until our ‘caches of the year’ photos in December !

Instead here is the less than scenic view from Ground Zero!

New Ground Zero foreground, Old Ground Zero in the far distance

New Ground Zero foreground, Old Ground Zero in the far distance

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