Wednesday, Feb 27, 1008
9:38 – 10:09
I am continuing with the princess story again today (I sure hope my daughter likes it!! Unfortunately I think that I have written it above her comprehension level, hopefully she will “grow into it.”).
I have edited the first few paragraphs from days before. Then I continued writing the story.
Once upon a time there were two little amazing princesses, so grand and so wonderful that no other princess has ever come close to compare. Princess Paige and Princess Noelle were the light of the Kingdom and a joy to all the Kingdom’s people. Princess Paige of Bennardia had dark sandy colored hair that bobbed gaily to her shoulders as she skipped amongst the flowers in the gardens. Almost always wearing a vibrant yellow gown, Princess Paige’s favorite place to be in all of the world was outside. Princess Paige sometimes sat ladylike on the stone stools, curled up with a good book, and sometimes she tom-boyishly scaled the garden walls and climbed the trees in the orchards. Princess Paige’s best friend in the entire world was Princess Noelle of Faulkland who was a petite framed young lady with eyes as brilliant and as big as the crown jewels. She glided wherever she want, almost dancing as she walked. She could often be found twirling in the grassy lawns and doing cartwheels in the well-kept dirt paths.Princess Noelle, with her silky fine hair and her fairy-like demeanor, was the perfect companion for Princess Paige. Both girls were much smarter than the average princess and they both were quick-witted, knowledgeable and kind. These two beautiful princesses were part of the Kyle court in the vast land of Bramptonion during the days of the rein of Queen Donna the First and King Bruce III. Princess Paige had a mischievous little brother, Prince Bruce IV. He was a handsome little fellow, good-natured and often found with a broad smile across his face. However, Prince Bruce constantly got into things, especially things that were cherished by Princess Paige.
Each morning the three children sat on the grand patio which overlooked the gardens behind the magnificent Tudor style castle home. Well-kept gardens followed by stately lawns extended as far as one could see. The royal cook routinely brought out the delicious morning meal for the children to eat at their fancifully decorated table. Sitting at the table beside the trio was their governess, Lady Fournier, whom they called Lady Jennie. Lady Jennie’s nose was always buried in a book. She was a smart and devoted governess, but she had an addiction to reading and sometimes had problems tearing herself away from her pleasure.
Springtime had recently arrived. Every morning this week a beautiful blue butterfly greeted the children, dancing and delighting the children at the start of their day. They were so fond of the graceful butterfly that they created a nickname for the him – Flitter. Flitter happily visited the nearby flowering plants, bushes and trees. Prince Bruce was always quite curious to know where the butterfly lived. His tutor, Lady Lisa, had been teaching him about butterflies and Prince Bruce was mesmerized with Flitter.
This morning Flitter visited with the Prince and Princesses while they nibbled their tasty breakfast. The two princesses finished their meal and headed for the greenhouse to see if Kate the Gardener would be able to show them new flowers about to bloom. Prince Bruce instead, began to slowly follow the butterfly wherever he flew. Prince Bruce skipped along merrily, stopping where the butterfly stopped and running when the butterfly soared. Finally after some time, Prince Bruce became lost. The well-manicured garden eventually gave way to less maintained lawns, then the land turned into fields of wildflowers and other natural plants. Soon Prince Bruce was lost and didn’t know where he was. He began to be quite lonely and tired so he curled up on a bed of clover and took a nap in the warm sunshine while a gentle breeze sung sweetly in his ear.
After Princess Paige and Princess Noelle spent time with Kate the Gardener learning about the most recent flower to bloom, they abounded out of the royal greenhouse and returned back to the breakfast table to ask Prince Bruce if he would like to join them on their stroll into the bushy maze. Upon returning to the patio they could see from a distance that Lady Jennie had not touched her delicious strawberry crepes, but was still reading her fascinating book. It was unlikely that she would know where Prince Bruce had wondered. The girls decided to set out to find him themselves.
The exceptionally intelligent princesses sat down on the stone wall to figure out where Prince Bruce could be.
“What were we talking about at the breakfast table just before we left to go visit Kate the Gardener?” Princess Noelle asked Princess Paige.
“First we were talking about what fun we had yesterday horseback riding. Then we were admiring Flitter and how lovely he is to visit us each morning.” Princess Paige answered, thoughtfully. “My brother might have decided to visit John, the horseman to see the horses again.”
“Or Prince Bruce might have decided to run down to the nearby farm. You know how he loves to see the animals.” Princess Noelle wondered.
“Or he could have tried to follow Flitter. I think he has been wanting to do that all week, but we keep saying we don’t want to.” Princess Paige surmised.
“Paige, I think you might be right. He has asked us each day to try to find out where Flitter comes from.” Noelle answered. “Well, if he did follow Flitter, we will have to find out where Flitter would have gone in order to find Prince Bruce. Do you know where butterflies live?”
“No, I don’t.” Answered Princess Paige, “But I think that maybe we could ask Gardener Kate and she might be able to tell us.
So the two girls headed back to the greenhouse to arm themselves with some information. Kate the Gardener was carefully pruning her rose bushes when the girls entered the greenhouse again.
“Back so soon?” Asked Kate. “You must be very interested in the daffidils and crocuses already in bloom.”
“We have come to find Prince Bruce.” Both of the princesses answered together.
“Prince Bruce? I haven’t seen him in here all morning. I think you will have to look somewhere else.” Kate answered.
“No, No, No. We think that while were in the greenhouse this morning learning about the flowers, he must have wondered off, following Flitter.” Princess Noelle stated.
“So we decided to come to you to learn where Flitter might have lead him.” Princess Paige added.
“Well, first we will need to determine what type of butterfly Flitter is. Then we will need to research what type of environment that type of butterfly prefers. Then, finally, you will need to find that type of environment in the property. Girls, you have a lot of work cut out for you.”
“We are up for the adventure.” Stated Princess Paige, Princess Noelle nodding in agreement.
Karner Blue Butterfly
Quote from website to use as future information:
“You may be surprised to learn that the male and female are different in coloration and pattern (see photos). The topside of the male’s wings are silvery or dark blue with narrow black margins. The female’s are grayish brown, especially on the outer portions of the wings, to blue on the topside, with irregular bands of orange crescents inside the narrow black border. The underside of both butterflies’ wings are the same pale gray with a continuous band of orange crescents inside iridescent blue spots along the edges of both wings.”
“The Karner blue’s lifecycle depends completely on one plant, the wild lupine. There are two generations, (that means two hatches), of Karner blue butterfly eggs each year. In April, the first group of caterpillars hatch from last year’s eggs and the caterpillars feed only on the leaves of the lupine. In mid-May, the caterpillars pupate and adult butterflies emerge out of their cocoon-like chrysalis around late May or early June. The adults will feed on the nectar of flowering plants, mate and lay their eggs on or near the wild lupine plants. The eggs will hatch in about a week to feed on the lupine leaves for the next three weeks. The cycle then begins all over again when new adults take flight in July with the help of the wild lupine plants. This means that the Karner blue butterfly is severely restricted as to where it can live and survive. (See lifecycle slides.) Most butterflies, especially the females, stay near their home lupine patches during their short lives, only 5-7 days! Males may travel over a mile to find a new territory.”
There are also other blue butterfly types.
Such as a common blue: Polyommatus icarus
Or Adonis Blue
Scientific name: Lysandra bellargus
The butterfly was brought to England from Wisconsin as a royal gift to her magesty Queen Elizabeth centuries ago. Since it is dependant upon . . .flower. . .it is only found here on this royal estate. She gets out a map and shows the girls where those flowers are grown. The girls take their map and are off on their adventure.