Saturday, 27 February 2010

Arthur's Seat

We went on a lovely walk today around Arthur's Seat. it was very wet underfoot and icy in places, snow on all the hillsides and even more on the distant hills. Even so, spring was definitely in the air. The alder catkins were waving in the wind (see above) the jackdaws looked to be pairing up, the gulls were squabbling amorously and the tufted ducks (see the ducks behind the swan below) looked as though they'd spent all day preparing themselves to go to a formal event. We also found a shrew that dived into its hole as we passed on the way to the water then when we passed the same way again there was the shrew again! Plus Crafty Green Boyfriend rescued a caterpillar that was walking on the pavement.

(I took these photos last February on Arthur's Seat, it wasn't so sunny today and we forgot to take our cameras!).

18 comments:

Charlotte, Cottontails said...

Hats off to Crafty Green Boyfriend :-)
xx

madhat said...

Where did that caterpillar come from this time of year??

Gillena Cox said...

crafty green BF our hero

much love
gillena

Kay said...

I love that your boyfriend saved the caterpillar...sweet!

Coastcard said...

We had snow today, too, on the Beacons - and saw four Red Kites. Beautiful light in those photos, CGB!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Now that would be the perfect place for a walk today! And it sounds like my husband is cut from the same cloth as CGBoyfrend! He has been known to hold up traffic to jump out of the car and move a box turtle from the middle of the road to the woods nearby!

Nat Hall said...

Ooohhh, by your words, Crafty Green, spring's around your corner and this si magic! 3 weeks and we there... that much anticipated equinox :)

Eryl Shields said...

It's very windy here today, I was quite taken aback when I stepped out the back door, but it smells warm.

Titus said...

I'm with all the caterpillar-saver praisers.
Tad chilly here today, as Eryl says. Spring showed for a couple of days, but has backed off again.

 ALH said...

I love Arthur's Seat! Climbed up to the top of it this summer and was awed at how beautiful the area is!

Magyar said...

__So many years ago, we tied up in Rosyth. USN, underwater surveys 1963. Wanted to get to the mainland but it never happened.
__I wanted to see the hills and Arthur's Seat... the Hadrian's wall remnants, and there, there is another wall (forgotten its name) that runs parallel to Hadrian's. Too, of course, the -Henge-. But that was then... I'm a captive to the ancient things.
__Well, enough of my gobble-de-gook! The real issue here? I love the photos... and the warmth of your writing!

RoadBunner said...

Ah, Arthur's Seat! My University flat was really close and we had a great view of it from my kitchen window. Sadly, I hardly went for strolls there at all! :(

Selma said...

I'm so glad Crafty Green Boyfriend saved the caterpillar. I do the same thing. I think it's very good for my karma!

Lynne said...

Thanks for calling and saying hello.
It's lovely that spring is in the air, though it's very windy here today! I do like Edinburgh, I must visit again soon.
Well done for being Blogger of Note! And also on your award, and for cutting short your list. I don't think I would have thought about doing that, I would just have remained stuck!

Pomona said...

I was just about to be really envious of your sunshine! It is so wet and windy here I am just going to stay inside today.

Pomona x

Deb G said...

Spring is in the air here too. Allergies are going wild, but everyday there is something new to see. :)

Small Reflections said...

What a lovely place on a beautiful day ... Crafty Green Boyfriend seems like a 'keeper' to me ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Rambling Woods said...

I love seeing the waterfowl..I can't wait till the pond thaws here. I just realized that I had lost your blog link in my reader to let me know when you had a new post.. I am so sorry about that....Michelle