It's been pouring down all day! Yesterday however was sunny and mild and I enjoyed a trip to Musselburgh with a friend.
We started our walk at this part of the River Esk and walked down to the River Forth and onwards down the coast
I was amazed to see how many Cormorants there were at this part of the coast! You might be able to see them in the photo above, but here's a close up, showing just a few of them
There are plans to build a very large flood defence system along the River Esk at Musselburgh. The poster below claims that there will be 16 varieties of flood defence built and 1.6kn of sustainable blue-green infrastructure. You can read more about the scheme here.
I'm not alone in thinking that the plans are for something more large scale and over-engineered than the area needs, with, so I've heard, plans to destroy a number of mature trees and to build large walls that will hide the river from view for much of its length. However, the project details haven't been finalised yet and hopefully the final result will be more sensitive to nature and to the people who visit Musselburgh to enjoy the wildlife. You can read about the campaign calling for nature based solutions on the Pause the Flood Scheme website.
On Friday, Crafty Green Boyfriend and I managed to have some time off together and enjoyed the autumn colour around Easter Craiglockart Hill
We were impressed by the fungi on this tree stump
Artist's Palette (the white and black bracket fungus in amongst the Sulphur Tuft in the photo below)
and Candle Snuff
We also enjoyed the misty view from the hill across to Edinburgh Castle