Saturday, 31 May 2014



Chasing butterflies on the beach. Well, neither. They were moths, and they were on the machar or the sandy grasslands between the beach and the road. I thought they might be related to the Six Spot Burnet: a daylight moth you get there in July as they were a similar colour with bright scarlet underwings that would flash as they flit through the grasses and dodged the camera very successfully. They were Cinnabar Moths, another daylight species.

I had thought the warmth might have brought out the dragon- and damselflies but maybe too much of a chilly onshore breeze. To avoid this we headed inland and through the woods, before arriving at the shore on the other side of Gullane. We returned to the van via Gullane beach which was medium busy. Loving the summer sun!

Friday, 30 May 2014

summer arrives

friday evening, pentlands

Mary told me not to stay up all night blogging as she is bringing me a cup of tea early morning and we are going running. She is quite right, as tomorrow also looks promising for another sunny outing. So very quickly (in summery summary) Michael G came round after I had finished for the day and drove us to Balerno where we headed up to the kips along to Scald Law then down towards the Howe and back along the coffin road. Then a quick circuit of the Red Moss boardwalk. The bog cotton is just coming out and the place was buzzing with life: insect, ducks but no runners. Where were they tonight? Missing a cracking run, that's where. Just fab. Here's the evidence...

Took this photo from the BUS home because of the sign and position of buildings in sun.
Why was I on the bus? Puncture. But let's focus on the positive.