Then yesterday, there was a ladybird to be examined.
As well as watching a bat flying around in broad daylight.
I was worried that the yellow ladybird that I showed him was in fact the invasive Harlequin ladybird and I had a bit of a moral dilemma putting it back in the garden but with a bit of research I found much to my relief that in fact it was a native 22 spot ladybird. As for the bat, I realise it was a dull day but I've never seen a bat out catching bugs at 3 in the afternoon. I know there's a roost nearby as I've seen and heard them often enough in the evenings. Myself, the little man and little lady encountered it when we out for a walk and spent a while watching it swoop and fly around filling up on flies. It was tiny and from the description on the bat conservation Ireland page it was probably a pipstrelle.
To top off the day we also baked some bread...
... and some chocolate chip cookies!