Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Anstruther


An east coast fishing village 
1 hours drive from the holiday cottage
Sailings to Isle of May.
R.N.L.I


23.10.2013. Still cooked to order


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Edinburgh shops

Waitrose Edinburgh
Easy meal for your holiday -
Charlie Bigham steak and ale  pie
(in ceramic dishes)


Shop for a  treat for your self catering 
for your Scottish holiday cottage



                                                         This branch near Fettes college


Jenners Princes street



Indian supermarket Leith walk

Tamarind pots, methi leaf, etc.


Chinese supermarket Leith walk


Edinburgh shopping

Asian supermarket next to the mosque near the university.
 pickles,  breads, designer rice bags,......

Valvona and Crolla, Elm Row





Food presents


Animals.Otterston Loch, Vane farm.Edinburgh Zoo Pandas. Shetland pony knit



Our woodland:-

The grass meadow paths are a favourite with the badgers,
as well as their well trodden ash paths,
passing over in to the farmer's field for a bit of straw for their bedding.
Although they are usually a dusk and dawn sighting, we have seen a mother and 2 cubs at 3 p.m. in early summer, meandering home.
What else you might see:-
Hare- Pops up all over the woodland.
Roe deer (Seen regularly in groups up to four.)
Fox ( also seen with the cub in her mouth.)
Grey squirrel.
mink, voles.
3 types of bat.
Birds:-
Buzzard, sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon, http://twitter.com/VisitBritain/status/294428139969462272/photo/1
Treecreeper, green woodpecker, long eared owl, lapwing, oystercatchers, yellowhammer,
song thrush, robin, dunnock, magpie, blackbird, chaffinch, great tit, coal tit and blue tit,
linnet (nests in front garden), woodpigeon, goldfinch, greenfinch, pied wagtail on the cottage roof,
unidentified warbler.
Swallow and swifts in summer, fieldfare and redwing in winter.
Curlew in the field in front of the front garden, common gull, geese, the odd skylark.
Pheasant nest each year and several young can be seen following mum up the grassy path to the far away orchid meadow.
December, we've seen 2 pairs of bullfinch and some long tailed tits.
Butterflies and moths.
Bugs and insects:-
Dragonflies, beetles, ants, worms...
Dormant Hawthorn shield bug spotted December 2009
Pandas at Edinburgh zoo