Today has been declared my official birthday (by me), because although the moths yesterday were stupendous, we were very busy with Vlad the excellent Ukrainian and young pals he made in Oxford.
And so the sun shines on in my honour and the moths have again been terrific. Conditions are perfect for them and some of the real goodies are starting to arrive, well ahead of their usual times, as is proving the case with most moths this year.
I have combined today's two biggest stars with my card from Penny and one of her presents. I know of no-one who is cleverer at getting me what I want (which is reassuring, as we head towards our Ruby anniversary in a few years' time).
So here is a Lime Hawk moth on a slightly worryingly-entitled book she gave me, followed by a Puss moth - superb example of dazzle camouflage - on her very clever card. This combines not only a crossword - she and I rack our brains over the Guardian's 'quick' one - and fondant fancies (one of my favourite foods, a taste she deplores) but also a Battenberg cake. Assiduous readers may remember that I am the current holder of First Prize in the Men-only Baking Class of Kidlington Flower Show.