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.