Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Nearly Not a Grand Day Out.


Good evening, it has been a lovely afternoon here sunny and warm. Stuart managed to get all his gardening chores done so if it does rain later tomorrow it won't be so bad.

Yesterday we set off for our day out, I wanted to go to St Andrews to have a look round the shops so after taking some of my pain killers for me knee we set off.  We got to within about five miles of our destination when the heavens opened and the rain came on. Fortunately we had a couple of brollies in the car so we managed to get to our coffee shop without getting too wet. By the time we finished the rain had eased a bit. St Andrews is no too big to walk round and flat so it was not too hard going for me.  It was nice to get out for a while. Did not buy anything very much just a new book by Peter Robinson to add to my collection which is growing just now as I have become a great fan of his books.

By the time we started home the rain had stopped so we decided to made a couple of little detours on the way home to see if there were any nice birds about. At Letham Pools we sat and watched a Redshank probing the mud and then I spotted a female Mallard Duck with ten tiny chicks coming out of the undergrowth on the opposite side of the road to the pools of water. I said to Stuart and we both sat in the car petrified as she lead them across the road.  Thankfully she made it safe and sound with her brood intact. It is not a busy road but it is straight and the cars are travelling at speed along it.

As we drove along again I said to Stuart would he like to go to a local  loch to see if the Ospreys were about. We have tried several times to see the pair that are in the vicinity but we have always been out of luck. Yesterday we were in luck we had just arrived and were still driving to the parking area when one appeared and started fishing. What a thrill it was, it is many years since we have had such a good view. Sorry I can't share it with you, I did take about ten pictures but they all turned out to be empty sky.  I was most annoyed at this as there was definetely a bird in the viewfinder when I clicked.Oh well we learn from our mistakes. So after a rainy start  it turned out to be a grand day out after all.  Sorry no pictures this time. Till next time.        Love



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I know many times I've thought I have a nice picture and when I download them they are not there. I don't know why it does that for sure. I've started taking doubles of some things just in case. Glad you got out and about and that the rain didn't last long. 'On Ya'-ma

Kath said...

Those quick storms are quite heavy arn't they Joan.Happy to read you didin't get caught up in one and get too wet.Sounds like you had a lovely day.Thats what I like to hear.I am not good at all with my camera as you will have noticed.Not to worry you make up for it other times.Your pictures are wonderful.Prayers your knees get much better soon.Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Julie said...

Sounds like a great day. Whats a brollies? It is a rain poncho? Birds in flight are hard to capture. I bet it was a treat to see them.

Angie said...

When it comes to photos I always take at least 2 of everything - just in case. With digi's it's fine but was very hit and miss when we had to buy films.

Sorry to hear you caught the rain - or your brollies did. Was it dry the rest of the day?

love, Angie, xx

Jeannette said...

I am so pleased you had a good day out my friend. How wonderful to see an Osprey, I have never seen one in real life and I would have cooed at the duck and her brood. I know the feeling only too well, when you think you have captured the perfect picture only to find you have missed it xxxx

Hollie said...

Sounds like a wonderful outing! Sorry about the pictures, but maybe next!

Jeanie said...

I have gone out with my digi camera only to be let down by dud batteries Joan. It is so frustrating! How wonderful to be able to watch the Osprey in action. Such a shame about the photos..another day..yes?
Thank goodness mother duck shose just the right moment to cross the road...sheesh!
Your photos are wonderful! We've had downpours here in the lakes too. Hope they don't last too long.
Jeanie xxx

Sybil said...

That sounds like a great day out to me despite the rain ( as I write this we are having a torrential storm!). Glad you made it to St. Andrews and managed to park !! I would love to have seen the osprey what a thrill for you both.
Much Love Sybil xx

Yasmin said...

Glad you had a nice day out the weather though is so unpredictable at times. I'm a huge fan of Peter Robinson and have just read Martina coles new book.

Take care


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