Jul 14th, 2015
I have to say that this time of year is not my favourite – particularly with the weather being as it has of late (drizzling, calm and midge ridden). The garden doesn’t have the interest and variety it had earlier in the year (or will when autumn comes), with everything seeming to be settled down to do no more than be green and grow. Also (not to put too fine a point on it), I prefer the village outside the tourist season with fewer people about.
But today I wasn’t working, the weather was coolish and bright, and there was a bit of wind, so I decided to leave off painting the utility room and walk to Corran Lochan on my own (as R was testing). I have to say it was one of the best walks ever, the weather was perfect and there wasn’t a midge to be seen.
When I got out to the Lochan, there were wild flowers everywhere mixed in with the purple of the heather, and thousands of blue and red damselflies darting about the path. Then in one rather swampy place there were some of the biggest dragonflies I had ever seen.
I enjoy walking with R, but there is a certain charm on being on your own, choosing your own pace and stopping whenever you like. In fact on the way back, being a little footsore, I stopped at a little burn, took my shoes off and sat quietly on a rock for a while with my feet in the water.
Got home and tonight there are still no midgies, and while I was out feeding the badgers, I disturbed a huge red deer in the orchard. And ate the first home grown strawberries.