What to with an unexpetedly blank Monday? Well go for a walk of course! The weather forecast was for a cloudy day so we decided to stay low and choose the River Tweed Walk, route 4 from the Paths Around Peebles leaflet we picked up in the Peebles tourist information last year. The walk starts in Hay Lodge Park in Peebles and heads west along the North bank of the river on a mixture of paths and an old railway. It’s all nice easy walking and quite flat. There are some nice views of the river and of Neidpath Castle.
The walk continues on the north bank until Lyne Station where you cross the river on a footbridge and return on the south bank. This leg starts through the grounds of Barns Tower and Barns House
The next landmark is Manor Bridge and the Old Manor Brig, the walk crosses both of these and then heads uphill to a viewpoint over the valley
From here it’s through the woods back to Peebles
A lovely 7 mile walk and we enjoyed seeing the first signs of autumn
Yes, it’s July and I missed my random acts of wildness for the last few days in June, wet days at work made it hard to finish of.
Today I’ve been in the garden (and yes it did rain again), I’ve cut the grass and the difference between the mown section and the rest is starting to show. I’ve also got both bug houses up properly and I’ve removed the block in the fence I put in to stop the neighbour’s cat from using my lawn as a toilet so that’s a second hedgehog hole.
I still need to find suitable dishes for hedgehog food and water and in the autumn I plan to try to sow some wildflower seeds for next year.
There’s been so much in the news recently about pollution from plastic waste that I’ve started to look at ways to reduce the amount of single use plastic we buy in product packaging.
To get started I’ve recently had a delivery of some cleaning products from Splosh as this company provides refills for products like washing up liquid, toilet cleaner and fabric softener so there should be no more waste bottles from these things. I just washed today’s dishes with the new washing up liquid, it’s a bit runny and didn’t bubble up much but the dishes seem clean so that’s all that really matters.
Next I plan to try solid shampoo and switch to soap instead of shower gel, I have a stash of both of these to finish first though.
In cleaning products and toiletries I am also trying to avoid palm oil, lots of label reading needed to buy the right product!
Food packaging is proving more troublesome, we only have access to supermarkets where we live and everything seems to be sold in plastic trays. Any tips on more environmentally friendly shopping from supermarkets welcome.
This evening I took a slightly different route home from work, I spotted this cheeky seagull making the most of waste food in a rather overfull bin, it’s a disgusting mess but at least the seagull is happy
I am also pleased to see some lovely trees planted at the newly refurbished Bristo Square, looking forward to seeing it finished sometime soon
We’ve been busy about the house and garden all weekend and late this afternoon felt the need to get out for a few minutes, luckily we live near a park that’s also a local nature reserve.
We’d only been walking for 5 minures when a really heavy rain shower came on so we took shelter under a tree for a while
It’s all looking very lush and green on the paths connecting the various sections of the park
Love the sound of the burn (and the sun came out)
Although Mr Lmrlib had seen a kestrel over the park earlier today all we saw on this walk was a squirrel and a warbler on a telephone wire.
It’s two weeks since I put a bug house in my garden so I thought I’d have a look and see if any insects had taken up residence, well as it’s covered in spider web at least one insect has shown interest!
This morning while I was eating breakfast “our” squirrel paid a visit. Normally he just scalpers along the fence but today he obligingly sat on a fence post sheltering from the gusty wind.
I’ve also seen hedgehogs, rabbits and foxes in the garden, if only one would pose as nicely for a photo as the squirrel before 30 Days Wild is over for 2017.
OK I didn’t actually go out in the thunder storm but I did stand upstairs and watch the rain. At one point the gutters overflowed giving the impression of being behind a waterfall.
I have also ordered another bug hotel, the front garden needs one too!