Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce’s holiday on Arran. He saw not only good views but some mighty fine rose hips.
A brief report today as we have had another long day in Edinburgh. This time we were visiting Matilda and her parents and we caught an early train and walked up Cockburn Street from the station…
…where we found a quiet pub and had lunch.
It was my intention to go up to the High Street after lunch and observe some of the fun and games there in connection with Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The city fathers close the High Street to traffic and all sort of street performances take place.
Unfortunately, several thousand other people had had the same idea and it was so crowded that we soon gave up and walked quietly down the high Street into the Canongate.
We couldn’t help noticing that unique taste of Scotland that the visitors come to Edinburgh to enjoy as we went along.
We peeped into the White Horse Close which does give a taste of Old Edinburgh.
When we got to the Scottish Parliament at the foot of the Royal Mile, I glanced up at Arthur’s Seat…
…and thought that it looked a bit like our bird feeder on a busy day. I just hoped that there wasn’t any siskin-like pushing and shoving on the top as it is very steep.
We passed the old Calton Graveyard…
…and soon found ourselves at Matilda’s.
We briefly met her other grandparents before they went off to a show and then while her parents talked house buying business with an adviser, we took Matilda on the bus to Portobello beach…
Matilda was very excited to see a swan swimming in the sea…
…and as always, I enjoyed the characteristic shape of North Berwick Law further down the coast.
We could look across the Forth to the Fife shore and imagine that we could see our older son’s house there. We stood there last week and looked back to where we were now.
It wasn’t particularly warm but people were having fun in a subdued sort of way…
…and I rolled up my trouser legs and ventured into the water for a paddle with Matilda. I could swear that it was colder in the sea today than when we were paddling at North Berwick in May but that must just have been my imagination.
Some gulls looked on…
…and a brave paddle boarder kept his feet well out of the water as he passed along the beach.
Mrs Tootlepedal and Matilda put a lot of effort into building a sand car and Matilda jumped in and announced that she was going to drive to America to see Mr Trump.
We stopped her just in time.
Mrs Tootlepedal saw a lady bird on a piece of wood and Matilda was very happy when it crawled onto her arm and wandered about.
The sun stayed behind some clouds so we adjourned to a beach side cafe and had cakes and ice cream and then caught the bus home.
Once there we offered a helping hand to Matilda’s parents. Mrs Tootlepedal did some indoor tidying as they are preparing to sell their house and it needs to be got ready for viewing and I did some lawn care with the same thought in mind.
Then we had pizza for tea and caught the train home.
There was no time for a flying bird of flower of the day today.