Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Boop the Floof

Old haunts

Walked around the Wallace Statue and the Temple of the Muses yesterday, even had a wee peer through the fence at Dryburgh Stud, looked exactly as it did when I worked there twenty years ago!

Covid deaths (deaths by any cause within 28 days of a positive test) are now over one hundred thousand in the UK.

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Grey mare's tail

Lots of ice at both the Grey Mare's tail and St Mary's Loch with open water swimmers making their own channel through it.

Saturday, 23 January 2021

Chamfron Colorado

Snowballs and snowdrops...

... still on our lockdown walks!  While Spidey is tucked up in his stable with a pal we are out plodding along, a snowy Black hill, Philiphaugh along the Ettrick river and up to the gallops at Gala Rig which might be the oldest racecourse in Scotland with racing taking place there from the 17th C. 

So, they now think the new variant of Covid 19 is not only more easily transmitted but also more deadly.  Lockdown has seen case numbers start to drop but the death toll is desperate, over six thousand in the UK in the last four days.  Event cancellations are starting to be publicised daily, Glastonbury and Hawick Common riding falling in the last few days, schools closed until at least mid February, work from home confirmed until at least April (a whole year!)  It feels like there is no real hope that 2021 will be particularly different from 2020 even with the vaccine roll out, some days it feels relentless and I say that as someone in a privileged position of a secure job, nice (if chilly) house and no home schooling!

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Hair Ice

We used to see Hair Ice a lot on the farm but this is the first I've seen since I moved to the much drier East coast!  It is a rare form of ice formation caused by the presence of a fungus in rotting wood.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Selkirk Flood Defences

Kelpies to Common Ridings