Hello Dear Readers,
Summer is coming to an end, the nights are longer and the days shorter.
I have had a busy summer season at Seabreeze BB. Guests have come from all parts of the world, and I love listening to chat about where they stay, it me makes me want to go and visit their towns.
The Edinburgh Festival was a great success as always, even if the weather is not brilliant, crowds turn out in great numbers to watch the street acts.
This year I have had some very interesting guests. There as Anne from the Isle of Harris, she told me all about how Harris Tweed fabric is woven. No wonder it it expensive, so complicated.
I think in my next blog I will write about the Harris Tweed.
Also there were the 3 Opera singers, who would have a little practice in the guest lounge. Sounded great and loud.
Guests from Canada who were tracing their family tree.
Well, I could go on and on.
I don’t often get out to do very exciting things in the summer, but the highlight for me was the visit with a bird watching group to the bird hides at Musselburgh lagoons. http://www.the-soc.org.uk
The lagoons were where the coal fired power station used to deposited the waste ash, now the power station has gone the land has been turned into a bird sanctuary with ponds and hides. It’s is a superb walk around the that coast and the ponds. http://www.visiteastlotian.org
It was brilliant, I have never imagined that there were so many on my door step, literally 10 minute walk wash from Seabreeze. Really good telescope is a good idea. Hundreds of birds on the ponds, then a Paregrine Falcon started to circle in the sky and attack a Dunlin in the water as we watched. It just want for the same one, hitting it, until it fell and them carrying it away.
I wish I had a camcoder to film it , it was so quick!
All the other bird did not even move, it was like they decide ‘ well if it’s going for that one bird, I am ok’ . Fascinating.
Above is a picture of a Dunlin and below is a White-rumped Sandpiper. I am no expert, I only know the names because Dave the guide told us. Dave was brillant, he could identify all the birds immediately.
Really it was amazing, you you are satying at Seabreeze and want to so down to the lagoons, let me know and `i can give you a site map.
It is worth a visit.
I think I may have to invest in a good pair of binoculars, and go would to the ponds more often. Wonder how much they cost!! May put it on my birthday list for next year.
That’s all for now,