Friday, 18 May 2018

A new walk and everyday miracles

I found a new walk yesterday.  Beautiful, open and with great views to Fife in the north.  I love a huge field with a big grassy track all the way around it. Easy, enjoyable walking.
As the dogs and I walked, I was revelling in the thought of my two new baby granddaughters. Adorable little things, the youngest  and tiniest being a feisty wee girl - like her mother!  I have been taking their older siblings to see their mum in hospital this week, and it has been a delight to see them jostling to take turns to hold these tiny babies.  They look down at them in wonder - such tiny fingers and toes - perfect little creations.  Walking round the field it occurred to me that we are all so busy accumulating money and possessions that most of our lives are not spent appreciating the tiny miracles of every day life.  A dandelion for example.  When was the last time you really looked at a dandelion?  
And the dandelion dock.  What could be more immaculately designed than this!  And we walk past them, trample on them, mow them down and generally dismiss them.  Shame on us!
Along the north side of the field there was a long stretch of this plant.  
At first I thought it was a blackberry - an ordinary bramble, but looking at the leaves and general habit that is not right, but I haven't been able positively identify it.  It could be a stone bramble, Rubus saxatilis, although the leaves are rather more rounded at the tips than those shown in the reference books, so I am not sure.  Any suggestions very welcome.  Whatever it is, it's rather lovely!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Happy day!

Here is the evening sun at the end of a wonderful day which saw the safe arrival of my two baby granddaughters!  Congratulations to their amazing Mum, my daughter, and her wonderful partner!  Happy day - hooray!!!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday night sunset

We have had unbroken sunshine today, and the day was rounded off with a glorious  sunset.  Here is the sky at 9 o'clock this evening, looking north west across the Firth of Forth to Fife.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Thursday walk

A good bright day for our walk today, with a cold wind, but in sheltered spots we could feel the heat of the sun.  The dogs and I walked between lovely old established hedgerows of beech, holly, hawthorn and elderberry, interspersed with ash.  Hedges like these are real treasures.
Long awaited may blossom is just beginning to come out now.
Walking on into more open country, splashes of colour are beginning to show with red campion, golden gorse, and vivid blue alkanet - Anchusa officinalis.   
I can't record the flowers of Maytime without including wild cherry.  Simple, beautiful blossoms, and one of my favourites.