My name is Bianca. I am a Butterfly. Sue has asked me to type this post for her as she is quite busy cleaning and unpacking from her show in Almonte, ON yesterday. I wasn’t able to go but she promised me that I’d be able to soon. What does ‘soon’ mean, I wonder? Tomorrow? Next week? Next Month? I will be patient, knowing that I will be in on all the fun when it’s my turn. (Sue mumbled something about Christmas… but I don’t think I was supposed to type that…Shhh)

For now, I flutter around Oh Valley with all my friends, The Fancifulls. We have a wonderful time. We play Rain Ball on rainy days and Wing Tag on sunny ones. What? You don’t know how play Rain Ball? You simply must go back and read Sue’s Post about Dinah arriving and learning how good she was at playing Rain Ball. Sue say’s she’d show me how to link Dinah’s story to this one if she knew how. Unfortunately, she’s still on that learning curve she’s always going on about. Is that like a curve in the road, or the curve that makes a basketball round?

Wing tag is so much fun. To tag someone as ‘IT’, you must touch one of your wingtips to one of theirs. The rules are as simple as that. However, it’s much harder than it sounds. Dragonflies and Bumble bees can fly so much faster than Butterflies or Moths. Grasshoppers can leap out of the way just before you tag them and you never know where they’ll land. They get their large wings flapping and they can end up practically anywhere! How are you supposed to tag a Grasshopper?!! Besides that, when they land, they tuck their wings in to their sides and don’t look like they’ve gone anywhere at all. Wow!

Ladybugs don’t fly much faster than I do but they’re so small, with suitably small wings, they’re hard to tag. My best friend is Lily. She is a Ladybug. She told me that in some places of the world, Ladybugs are actually referred to as Ladybirds (Britain). I like that, though I’m not sure why they’re named, Ladybirds. Lily looks NOTHING like a bird. (Sue’s back… an says that technically, Lily isn’t a bug either. she is a Beetle.)

I long to be a Ladybug. I want to be able to zip around like Lily can. My Butterfly friends, Buttercup, Flutter, Fanny, Bradley. Bella, Brianna, and Bonnie, are supportive but don’t really understand. They enjoy their beautiful wings and are proud to display them. I think that my wings are beautiful but cumbersome. My wings get in the way of what I want to do. I like compact wings that tuck away when I’m not using them. My Grasshopper friends, Grommet and Gryffin’s wings do that. Lily’s wings do that too. Way cool! I’m glad Lily and I are Besties.

I may not be very good at Wing Tag but I am good at Rain Ball. Butterflies make the best ‘Shelley’s”. The more butterflies you have on your team, the more likely you are to win the game. I will remember how much fun I have at Rain Ball and stop feeling sorry that I don’t play Wing Tag as well. I going to keep finding what I’m good at and fly with that!

Sue doesn’t think I’m old enough to have my picture posted on the internet yet so I can’t show you how big my wings are. She said something about Christmas then too. She says I have to post pictures she took at North Lanark Highland Games yesterday.

Update -November 10th, 2019 – MY beautiful, CUMBERSOME Wings

Oh My Gosh… I almost forgot…Bradley (Butterfly) visited our Insect Inn the other day. He stopped over due to bad flying conditions (Super High Humidity) on his way to Berrytown. He had a very long conversation with Baxter (Bumble Bee) about something called a Pollen Extractor. Bradley is a travelling salesman and he sells these.

He arrived to find that all the Fancifulls were staying out of the humidity too. We were inside spending the afternoon playing board games like Clue, Snakes and Ladders, and Crokinole. Bradley is a whiz at Crokinole. He grew up in Sebastopol, Ontario, Canada, where the game originated in 1860 or so. His town holds biannual tournaments and he’s played against the best players from many countries. At the inn, He won every game of Crokinole he played.

When the weather had cleared everyone went out for some fresh air. I waited for Bradley while the others flew on ahead. He’s kind of cute because, although he’s a butterfly like me, his wings are very small, sort of mini. They don’t seem cumbersome like mine do. Not at all! While catching up to the others, he mentioned Baxter was looking for a pollen extractor and Bradley was glad he chose to shorten his journey from Waterville that day to land in Oh Valley or he would have missed an opportunity to meet and help Baxter. I wonder what Baxter wants with a Pollen Extractor? { Later added by Sue – Baxter has become allergic to pollen and is quietly looking for a way to do his job and keep collecting it, without getting all stuffed up.}

Hey! Who’s this? It was at the Games yesterday too. I believe there is an impostor out there trying to pass itself off as a Fancifull. Don’t you agree?

If you like the post I helped Sue make, Please comment below and she may ask me to help again. I enjoyed it – especially the parts she didn’t dictate. 🙂

I must click “Publish” before she gets back from the Laundry Room so you can’t see the parts I added… teehee.

Bianca (Sue and Axie and all my Fancifull Friends in Oh Valley)

PS… Sue is calling out as she scrubs the toilet to remind me to say she will post later in the week about the encounter at the games with the dragonfly. Whatever… 🙂