Happily, in spite of everything, MOTH has opened at Kestle Barton. This solo showing of all the moth mezzotints opened in glorious sunshine last weekend and with the gardens still buzzing with insects on late flowers, a buzzard circling in a clear blue sky above our heads and a steady stream of lovely visitors, we felt truly blessed. Mark Cocker author, Jem Southam photographer and I gave a talk in the evening, which was recorded and will be on the Kestle website very soon. The Cornwall Butterfly & Moth group set out moth traps in the meadows and in the morning we were graced with numerous gorgeous autumnal moths such as Brimstones, Frosted Orange and Rosy Rustics as well as two huge migrant moths – a Convolvulus Hawk Moth and the jaw-dropping Clifden non Pareil.
Kestle is on the Helford estuary in Cornwall and the exhibition is open until the end of October. There is no need to book but if there happens to be another couple of people in the gallery you may have to wait for five or ten minutes in the beautiful gardens, until you can enjoy the exhibition safely on your own. The gallery is airy and spacious the good people at Kestle ask that you wear a mask while in the building in order to comply with Government guidelines.