According to the book this is a Thea 22-punctata lady bird. It has 22 spots. There are apparently 45 different species of ladybird found in Britain. After a fruitless search on this table top, it flew away.
Outside the Compasses, we meet a family with whom we sometimes have a drink. Today, we sit in the sun and sort out most of the problems, which beset the world just now. It occurs to me that if the world's politicians could drop by for a few minutes the monetary crisis and threat of meltdown (whatever meltdown is) would melt away.
I sit in the garden and watch yellow leaves from the lime tree float down from a bright sky and land on the grass which, a few hours ago, I have raked clear of leaves.