Wednesday 16 September 2020

A Sunny Autumn Day in West Lothian

Crafty Green Boyfriend and I have a few days off so yesterday we joined his mother and brother for a socially distanced trip around some of West Lothian's sights. It was a lovely sunny day (too warm for the time of year, but the sun was most welcome after the very rainy summer we've had here). 

We started at the House of the Binns, a relatively short drive (in their car, all wearing masks) from Edinburgh. The beautiful old house is currently closed to the public 

But the grounds are open for people to walk around. There's plenty to see here, with many views dominated by the Binns Tower 

 The gardens of the house are famous for the peacocks but we only saw one 

There were plenty of peacock feathers around though and this seven spot ladybird seemed happy sitting on one of them

We then had lunch in the garden of the Rouken Glen garden centre before exploring the nearby allotments, which are a haven for wildlife. 


We saw several rabbits (including a young black bunny) though none allowed photos. There were lots of hoverflies around including this Footballer (Helophilus pendulus) on a oxeye daisy

The sunflowers were looking magnificent!

We then travellend along the Firth of Forth to Blackness Castle. 

The castle and grounds are closed except for people who have bought advanced tickets under current COVID regulations to enable social distancing but we were able to walk along the coast near the castle. We met this friendly robin on a sailing boat moored in the marina 

and round the corner we came across a wonderful stretch of coast that was just full of seabirds including sandwich terns, lapwings, greylag geese, shelducks, redshanks, dunlin and others. 


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great to take a walk with family, even if socially distanced. And a lovely place for it!

RG said...

Must be good eats along the coast for all those birds! Are some fueling up for migration?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks Sallie, it is indeed!

Thanks Rabbits Guy - yes some of the birds are feeding up for migration (most of the waders, all the terns and probably most (possibly all) of the geese too)

Caroline Gill said...

What a wonderful expedition, CGP, and I would love to see the castle, too... it's strange I don't recognise it as we spent a night in Queensferry some years ago. I don't know the House of the Binns either: what a photographic tower in the grounds. I love the Robin! How strange that your weather has been so warm/hot as ours has become pretty cool with a gusty wind that has hung around for days. But we have got sunshine today.

Caroline Gill said...

P.S. from me... I meant, Juliet, to add what a good piece about your writing, wildlife and craft in Mslexia. Terrific.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a beautiful day you had ...

All the best Jan