This morning was very fair. Quiet, no wind (for a change), a little warmer and a lovely early morning light with the promise of a day of fine weather. The birds are beginning to discover our feeders, which is great. We have really missed the variety of birds we saw when we lived in the wood. But slowly they are coming. Lots of robins, dunnocks, a little gaggle of long tailed tits, and Mr and Mrs Blackbird are frequent visitors. We now have a wonderful expanse of sky to enjoy, and from our dining table we can see flocks of birds wheeling and soaring overhead. Very uplifting!
This afternoon we went to North Berwick. I still have flowerpots to collect from the garden of the flat we stayed in during the autumn. My Marrakech princesses have overwintered there - rose geranium plants descended from a single tiny sprig I brought back with me from Marrakesh three or four years ago. As I now have no greenhouse, the plants have been sheltering from the winter against a wall in the back garden, and when I checked on them last week, I was amazed to see how much they had grown since last summer! I thought they would have been quite dormant during the winter, but they appear to have doubled in size!
We went for a walk along the beach, around the harbour, where the waves were rolling in and around the end wall of the harbour wall. The surf was up, and the fine weather had brought lots of people out to enjoy a Sunday afternoon by the sea.
Once home again, I took the dogs out for a late afternoon stroll, just before it got dark. The views to the north, from a neighbouring 9-hole golf course where I walk every day, are always good. I can see across the Firth of Forth to Fife, and as the daylight fades the street lights in the towns along the opposite coastline start to twinkle.