After seeing My Name is Salt (a beautiful film, which I review here) this morning at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, I joined Crafty Green Boyfriend to go to the Edinburgh Canal Festival. There were plenty of stalls from local crafters and charities, various rafts made from a variety of materials all lined up for the annual raft race and several barges offering free boat trips. The queue for the free trips was very long, so instead of waiting we walked along the towpath, keeping our eyes and ears open for passing cyclists and wildlife.
Lots of mallards on the water. Three families in fact as well as several adult males hanging out by themselves. This family were enjoying a communal bathing session:
Elsewhere in amongst a hedge, there was a family of greenfinches, with three noisy youngsters hopping round after the parent, begging for food. Lots of house sparrows too (which for all they're declining rapidly in the UK as a whole, seem to thrive along the canal) and a fmily of magpies, with two or three very noisy youngsters.
The banks of the canal are lined with flowers at the moment, including the beautiful tufted vetch:
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