Apologies that this photo is slightly out of focus, but I was amazed that this dragonfly stayed still long enough for me to get any sort of photo at all. I see these dragonflies quite frequently and this one was about 7cm/2.5inches long and I am reliably informed by C, who was here for the day recently, that it is a male southern hawker.
The photo also shows how grubby the caravan has become, and I had already started cleaning it the day before. If you’ve never had to clean a caravan imagine that you have left your car in the driveway for months, near trees, and multiply the job of cleaning it by a factor of about 5 and throw in having to do half of it on a stepladder and you’ll have an idea. So on Sunday I did the roof, which is the dirtiest and most awkward part of the job, and then I could work around the sides on subsequent days. It is actually a very satisfying job and, as I have said before, I really enjoy the practical side of caring for the Hermitage.
I have posted the Trustees Report & Financial Statements 2014 on the website and you can click to view. It’s not very long and is pretty straightforward, you don’t need to understand accounts, so I encourage you to take a look as it gives you some background information about this project as well information about the finances.