Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kites and sites ...

The boy and I are on Easter hols this week, and have decided to be active, and get out and about in Scotland since our RSPB membership cards came in this week. Today we went to Stirling in search of nature. We spotted Hamish the Highland coo in a woollen mill next to Callander, surrounded by 3 coach loads of tourists armed with cameras. He just loved the attention...

We also stopped at Aberfoyle (great toilets) and popped up to the David Marshall Lodge. A lovely place with virtually tame birds at the seed hangers and tables; chaffinches, coal tits, siskins etc. Really enjoyable, spoiled only by the completely inappropriate noise-fest that is Go-Ape! (exclamation point part of their logo ... 'nuff said).

But the best place we visited was Argaty Red Kites - it was unexpected because we only stopped in as it was on the road we happened to be on. We timed it perfectly, arriving just after they'd been fed. There were lots of Red Kites flying and diving about. Click the pics above and below for a close up - they're tricky to photograph.

On the way back to the car the showers stopped and the sun came out. We took the opportunity, and the barn full of sheep, to take some pics of my latest FO - finished yesterday and so so toasty. It's another hat-shaped hat by old maiden aunt.

Readers who are wondering what happened to finishing all the WIPs before Beijing - this is another work in progress. I had already finished this some time last year, but it was far too big, and went into the 'WIPs that must be frogged and re-knit' pile.

There, I said it. I confess; I didn't photograph all the WIPs I have - there are more.

1 comment:

TangledFrog said...

Ha-ha! I've visited the toilets in Aberfoyle, as well...and I agree! Great hat by the way.