Wednesday, 19 May 2010

West Mossside Farm

Yesterday, despite the fact that I posted photos of the horses near my office, we were all out on a team away day at an organic farm near Bridge of Allan. The wonderful West Moss-side Farm is an organic mixed farm with a small herd of beautiful Shetland cattle and acres of grassland grown for hay, backing onto Flanders Moss, a raised peat bog, with stunning views across the flat plain of Stirling to the hills beyond. The farm buildings include a beautiful airy meeting room with views out over the farmland, cherry trees and a new out-building that incorporates a swallow hotel. The swallows were swooping enthusiastically in and out of this hotel, as well as round the cherry trees. A couple of swallows occasionally perched just at the window of the meeting room where we got beautiful close views of them. The farm is also a craft centre, running various craft courses and the rooms are decorated with felt wall hangings and other beautiful craft items. At lunchtime we walked round the farm and heard skylarks, curlew and cuckoos - it was particularly nice to hear the cuckoo as they are declining badly in the UK as a whole (though not so badly in Scotland).

And guess who forgot to take her camera?

9 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Nooooo!!!! sounds lovely though :)

Naquillity said...

i hate when i forget my camera. it's then you see all sorts of wildlife to photograph. sounds like you had a nice day though despite the missing camera. hope all is well.

Coastcard said...

It sounds as though you are loving the new job...

Rabbits' Guy said...

Well - hmpff. I NEVER forget MY camera ... heee heee ... or extra batteries either for that matter!

(At least not too often.)

Greenearth said...

Checked out your link to the farm and it seems a really exciting place.

Titus said...

Oh, I love the Bridge of Allan, but have never been here. Sounds like a wonderful day.

EG Wow said...

O no! Your forgot your camera?

Bill said...

long meeting
swallows at the window
come and go

Larry said...

No need for the camera-I can picture the birds perfectly.Cuckoos are kind of scarce around our parts too. More of them show up when there are lots of caterpillars to eat.