These photos show a total of three flying objects taken on two occasions.
We saw the first pair, a couple of aeroplanes, as we were walking along St John Street yesterday morning. Our attention was attracted by the fact that these two aircraft were flying close together, an unusual sight over the city.
I have included part of a tree in the above photo to give an idea of scale.
The second photo (above) is a “pseudo-close-up”, obtained by cropping the first photo. It’s probably difficult to identify the planes (and thus suggest a reason for their behaviour) against the glare of the sky but an aircraft buff may be able to make them out.
The third flying object is a living one, discovered in the bathroom this morning.
Tigger was awoken in the night by something landing on her face and then discovered this visitor in the bathroom this morning.
We think it must be one of the dreaded Harlequin ladybirds because, as Tigger put it with impeccable logic, “Why else would it be indoors?”
Harlequin ladybirds, as you probably know, though resembling the common or garden ladybirds that are regarded with affection by young and old, are in fact foreign interlopers. They are tougher and more aggressive than the native species which are suffering from the invasion in consequence.
I think Harlequins come into houses and other buildings to shelter from the weather whereas native ladybirds rarely appear indoors – hence Tigger’s remark.
I case you are wondering, Tigger expelled the impromptu visitor when she left to go to work.