n kiss
Morning. I’m trying to wake my friend up, then we can both take you on the tour, starting with this squirrel that fell out of a tree… but fell on his feet!

n yellow mountain
Yellow mountains in China. They aren’t really yellow though, are they?
n wc kit
Scottish Wildcat kitten.
n wc2
Endangered but being bred in captivity…
n sw
Few things more majestic than a swan.
n venice
n ny subway
Sunset on the New York subway. But, Don’t sleep in the Subway!
n rhino
I suppose you don’t have a hose, do you? This grass needs watering.
n summer fruits
Amazing what you can do with summer fruits. (Thanks Iain.)
n Sustenpass 2260m, Switzerland
They build some roads in Switzerland at 2,260 meters!
So, last week we went on a field trip from Arbroath to Auchmithie along the cliff path. Well, Munguin rode in style and I walked and took photographs of the wildlife. Then we had cake and coffee in the But and Ben in Auchmithie. Fortunately, we took out a bank loan before the trip.
It was mildly scary in places, but beautiful nonetheless.
Baie St Paul, QuΓ©bec, Canada.
n violets on a wall (john Nicolson.
Ivy-leafed Toadflax (thanks, Andi)Β  from John Nicolson.
n chimp andtiger
This is my little pussy cat… well, tiger really.
n cabn
Munguin’s idea of camping.
n canadian bison
Canadian bison.
n wallace monument
Wallace Monument.
n friends
That’s it then for another week: me and my dog are going for a walk. See you next Sunday.


25 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Love the pics of the Scottish Wildcat kittens – this unique species is so threatened. It’s absolutely crucial that they are preserved. The Venice pic is of the Grand Canal and the church is the Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli. Venice, like the Scottish Wildcat is unique and also must be preserved – mainly from gargantuan cruise ships and the witless gawpers they deposit on the Riva. If the hucksters in the Piazza San Marco rip them off it’s fine by me. I love Venice. The portrait made from summer fruits is by Guiseppe Arcimboldo who made many such pictures for his patrons. I also love the pic of the flowers growing on the wall but I think they’re not violets but Ivy-leaved or Wall Toadflax, a favourite of mine. Anyway, “what’s in a name?” as some obscure scribbler once wrote πŸ™‚ Well done on that trek from Arbroath to Auchmithie, you intrepid explorers – I’m sure the journey was in itself the reward – “To boldly go” and a’ that πŸ™‚

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    1. Ah yes. I stand corrected on the Ivy leaved Toadflax. I accepted what John had put on the Twitter pic, without question. Thanks for your correction. I’ll change it on the post. πŸ™‚

      The walk was great. I is only about 5 miles, but the air is superb and the views marvellous. The path is pretty organised at the Arbroath end, but becomes much less so towards Auchmithie .

      I’d been meaning to do it for years. I’m glad we did.


    2. If Indy Scotland is predicted to have a wildcat economy, then the new currency should be pegged to a basket of kittens … (makes as much sense as most of what I’m hearing).

      Also nice to see the Wallace Monument. Hideous though it is close up, the Abby Craig would look all wrong without it. Used to be visible oot the windae frae “the smallest room” in oor hoose πŸ™‚

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      1. LOL Marconatrix.

        I’ve never seen it close up, but it looks impressive from a distance.

        What a lovely view you must have from your smallest room!


    1. I’m glad we didn’t do it, as they did, at Christmas and in the rain. LOL… and the Tai Chi, I could do without too!

      I wodner why they did that with church towers? Most off-putting, and disturbing close up. I mean, if you can’t afford two towers, content yourself with one. I’m pretty sure God won’t think any less of you!

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      1. Tris….looks like a beautiful walk.
        As for towers, the Wallace Monument picture is nice. It looks wonderfully old, but I’ve been fooled before. When something looks REALLY old in Britain, that often means that it was built by the Victorians in the 19th century to LOOK old. Sure enough, the Wallace Tower dates from the 1860’s.
        I was disappointed to learn that some of the most Norman-looking eleventh century elements of Windsor Castle date from one of the royal remodeling projects in the 19th century…….one of many spanning almost 1,000 years.

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  2. Thought the squirrel was really big for a red – is it a grey sneakingly dyed? Or is it true everything really is bigger in America? Lovely wildcats – let’s save them please. Anyone with domestic moggies in their territory please get them neutered as hybridization is a big threat. Lovely orangutans too. Fewer of them this week so I surmise Ed is out of hospital and on the mend. Good news

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    1. Ed is, indeed out of hospital, and giving the nurses a break.

      The Wildcats are indeed lovely. So sad they are disappearing.

      I suspect our red may have grown a lot because of his safe environment and very much better than average diet.


    2. Oh my Lord, will the persecution of those poor American grey squirrels in Scotland ever end? Now, larger than average red squirrels are suspected of being grey squirrels in sinister disguise. (Everything IS bigger in America, of course!) Anyway, I’m glad he received medical treatment and recovered his health, whatever the circumstances. The chance of a grey squirrel in Scotland receiving so much as a Band-Aid in medical treatment is right up there with winning the lottery.

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      1. Danny, those “American” grey squirrels may be really up against it before too long. The population of Scotland’s cutest predator, the pine marten, is on the increase and they are moving into new territories. The marten is fast and efficient and can chase red squirrels through the treetops but the larger, not so speedy grey squirrel presents an easier kill and meal and there is some evidence that when pine martens move into an area the number of greys decreases while reds increase. I used to have several (too many) grey squirrels living in the trees behind my house but now they’re fairly scarce. I know there aren’t any martens around here but there are lots (too many) magpies and I’m confident that they were taking the young squirrels from the dreys to feed themselves and their chicks. Not nice the magpies but, hey, “nature red in tooth and claw” and all that.

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        1. Andi……yes, it’s always nicer to be the predator at the top of the food chain. And I’ve noticed that the pine marten gets very favorable press in Scotland for its treatment of grey squirrels. But sooner or later, the slow moving grey squirrels will be gone, and the martens will go after the reds in the treetops……fighting it out with the magpies perhaps. Soon, all the red squirrels will be gone too, but you’ll be up to your necks in pine martens. This will require the introduction of a larger predator, then an even larger one……..a descent into madness. πŸ˜‰


  3. Tris, you said, “Yellow mountains in China. They aren’t really yellow though, are they?”. I think that might depend on the light. Apparently, they’re renowned for their wonderful sunrises, so I guess they may look yellow then. I came across a picture of one of the tourist cliffside walkways in the Yellow Mountains – decidedly not for those with a fear of heights but doubtless nae bother to those intrepid souls who’ve trodden the dizzying heights of the Arbroath to Auchmithie path.

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    1. Ha ha…

      Even in Switzerland I wouldn’t trust that construction…

      When it comes to heights, I’m decidedly more “yellow” than any mountains… or indeed rivers… or the sun!


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