There's some concern that our English bluebells are being ousted in parts of the country by the Spanish variety which has been grow in gardens for many years but which is increasingly becoming established in the wild.
(Looking at the bluebells in the wood the next day I realised that our garden bluebells must be the Spanish variety. The flowers of our local wild bluebells are shaped more like sausages compared with these bell-like blooms).
As I'm painting there's a buzzing beside me. A large red-tailed bumblebee, which I take from its size to be a queen, is investigating the lawn. For many years in the middle of the lawn there has been a vole hole. The queen flies down into it and emerges two minutes or more later. Perhaps she is establishing a nest there.