Sunday, 8 November 2015
"In Pursuit of Butterflies" by Matthew Oates
It all went very well - an even bigger turn out than last year - with two excellent speakers. Michael gave his usual witty summary of the butterfly year in Sussex, and Matthew Oates talked about his new book, a sort of butterfly autobiography, and read us some extracts. He hadn't brought many copies with him, but the Captain managed to get us one. And I am very much looking forward to reading it.
I was so happy when, during his talk, Matthew said that Paradise is here on the earth. Yes. Yes and yes. Col had to throw a blanket over my cage at that point so I wouldn't spring up and say YES. Then we were early in the queue and managed to get a copy of the book.
As there was a queue, all I said to Matthew Oates was that I was now tempted to auction his book to the disappointed queue, which he thought was funny. And I said that I loved it when he said the earth was Paradise. I left it there, but plan to write to him when I have read the book.
I am very very tired now. But it was my first real outing for a while. And it was a good day. My fruit cake disappeared to the last crumb - even though we had loads of lovely home made cakes this year. And the raffle prize we bought - a framed copy of a print of the Captain's photo of the Swallowtail also went quickly. So we felt we had made a contribution.
However, I know that no matter how hard so many good-hearted people are trying, we cannot save the butterfly population, or restore the Paradise. Only Jehovah can do that. And He will. Which is what i am hoping to be able to tell Matthew Oates when I write to him. Only he said sadly to me when I told him I loved him saying the earth is Paradise, that, yes, but it is being ruined.
So I hope to be able to show him the promise in Revelation, that Jehovah "will bring to ruin those ruining the earth".