Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Anthony. It shows his dogs scampering about on Portobello beach on the shores of the Firth of Forth. The dog on the left must have been going a lot faster than the dog on the middle to be so out of focus.
On a less happy note, we had to drive down to the people who sold us our new multi fuel stove. I didn’t put this in the blog at the time because it was so annoying that I was speechless but when we lit it last week, it only took half an hour for the glass in the door to crack terminally. This turned out to be caused by over-tightening of the holding screws by the supplier so a new one was provided.
While we were down that way, we visited a handy garden centre and brought some expensive goods from their fancy food hall. As this included some very tasty cheese, the journey was wasted.
We lit the stove when we got back and on this occasion the glass did not crack. We are encouraged. It certainly heats the room up well.
It had been a very gloomy and wet morning but things brightened up a bit after lunch so Mrs Tootlepedal and I went up to the new hide at the Moorland feeders. While I looked at small birds in the trees, Mrs Tootlepedal sat in the car and scanned the sky for hen harriers. She saw a female very close to and came to tell me about it (after it had gone).
I made do with some local residents.
The sharp eyed will have noticed that all the birds so far have been ringed. There were some others which had not been netted so far.
There are now some handsome benches in the new hide and handy shelves for a thermos (had I thought to bring one).
We were just having a cup of tea when we got home when Sandy arrived. After the cup that cheers, Sandy and I went off for a brief walk. It was brief because the light was already fading and rain threatened.
We did a quick tour of the Duchess and Jubilee bridges. The wild garlic is beginning to grow in the woods…
The heavy overnight rain had filled the river up…
I kept an eye out or tree borne lichen.
As my recent cycle outings have left my knew nee a little puffy, I was pleased to have the excuse of some very strong winds and rain to keep me off the bike for this weekend. I am not so happy to see that the strong winds are forecast to last for most of next week too.
I did manage to find one flying chaffinch in the morning drizzle.