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?