Sunday, 31 May 2020

Slight lift to lockdown

Lockdown slightly shifted on Friday, you can now meet friends or family out with your household as long as it is outside.  You can sunbathe and have picnics in public places and the golf courses are now open and busy!  Spidey likes to take himself out of lockdown, like his owner, this is generally in search of snacks.  This weekend our walks have taken in more of the Gosford Estate and we peered at the Prestonpans Snake, the Port Seaton Rainbow (painted rock projects) and spotted the parked up cruise ships sitting in the Firth of Forth.

Poppy Field

Chamfron Colorado

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Monday, 25 May 2020

You found my book!

I had felt the need to walk to this bench this morning and on it was a book waiting to be found.  I brought it home and replaced it with the last book I read because I thought it was relevant to the times we are living in and because it had a line it which had really resonated with me - "Most people go through their whole lives without answering their own questions:  What am I, what do I have within me?  The big stuff.  What a waste."  It was gone later!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Arrayan and Ombu

Ombu is five years old this week and is really starting to grow up and Arrayan is settling back into life as a riding horse and looking rather more streamlined!

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Spotted on my travels (8)

Some different views, the old colliery and brickworks at Prestongrange and a stroll around the woods at Gosford Estate.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Perfect days

Helen and I were going to have a nice lunch out to celebrate a full year in the office but as we are now working from home I swapped Helen's company for Sir Spidey.  The sun was shining so I took advantage of flexi, clocked off early and squashed my pony for a couple of hours instead.  It was one of those perfect hacks, we cantered along behind a fox for about half a mile and then on the way home there was a deer perfectly framed in the bluebells, only six foot from the end of Spidey's nose.  He stood and looked at me while I got the phone out and as a dropped my reins, for the first time in his life, my perfect photographers assistant bogged off, and so did the deer!

Sunday, 17 May 2020


As the world tracks the spread of Coronavirus I fear this blog will track the spread of my backside so I walk and walk and walk and there is a pleasure in doing the same routes every day and noticing the tiny differences.  The hugely pregnant roe deer that couldn't be bothered to move and just watched me as I plodded past, the nights when the Eildons caught the sunlight and looked like Uluru, the new stones (though I am slightly bemused that the message is stay at home and clearly neither the painter nor those that spot the stone are at home) and tonight at my backdoor - a HEDGEHOG!  

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Painted rocks

The fairy trail continues to expand daily, though I swear four of the fairies are currently AWOL (potentially seconded to the NHS as tooth fairies / key workers?) we added our rocks to the growing collection, I think they are easily identifiable (and truly magnificent...!)  Gin has been drunk and gin bottles have been converted into bedside lamps.  While a pandemic rages through the world my life is peaceful and I am content and I will look back at this as a time of innovation and generosity.  However you can't hide from the fact that official tested positive hospital deaths are now over thirty thousand and we await an announcement from our glorious leader (ahem) at 7pm tonight for what happens in lockdown next...