In the boggy areas around the margins of the cliffs and just above the shoreline there were many Yellow Irises (Seileasdair -
Iris pseudacorus).

In fact, I don't think I've see so many of them in one place before. They were thriving.

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The grassy parts were extremely rich in wildflowers. This may have been due to a nutrient rich soil. The plants, and flowers, even seemed to survive grazing by the sheep.

I was surprised to find that the flowers were mostly the same ones I knew from home. I had expected more seaside specific plants.

Common Spotted Orchid
Urach bhallach
Dactylorhiza fuchsii

These orchids are common just about anywhere.

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The view in the other direction from my vantage point.

The tide was coming in, so, the waves were hitting against the rocky outcrops, creating white breakers. Another 45 minutes later and the islets were completely covered.

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I've arrived!

It is about a one hour walk from where I left the car to this point. You can only access this area on foot, or boat. I was the only person here.

As I was decanting on my vantage point on the cliffs, above the sea, I realised I'd dropped my fleece on the walk down. I hate losing things, so I headed back to find it. Of course, it was near the start of the walk. I got plenty of exercise to-day.

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I was delighted to end my day by catching sight of a European Otter (Dobhran - Lutra lutra) swimming in the canal.

Sadly, I didn't have enough time to change to a telephoto lens on the camera. However, it was still nice to see the otter, even if I didn't get a good photo.

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There were many more wildflowers along the canal banks, because the grass hasn't been cut for weeks (possibly not at all, this year). This is due to the coronavirus Lockdown. See, every cloud has a silver lining. Consequently, I saw, and heard, many happy bumblebees to-day.

I actually think the verges look nicer, too. They are more natural, rather than manicured.

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There were also lots of Bugles

Bugle - Glasair Choille - Ajuga reptans

Interestingly, the Bugles all had a different shape from the ones in my garden. I don't know if this was due to different growing conditions or that they were a different variety. These flowers are one of my favourites.

A wee Germander Speedwell
(Nuallach - Veronica chamaedrys) also sneaked into the photo.

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I had to work to-day, until 1400. So, I went for a walk by the canal, which is on my way home. I didn't want to waste a second of a gorgeous day by going home to get changed.

It was great to feel the wind in my hair, and the sun on my face. Oh, and I got to play with my new lens. 😃

Wild Hyacinth - Fuath-mhuc - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

It is towards the end of the season for Hyacinths, but they still provide a splash of colour.

One of the co-stars of "Dear Murderer" was Jack Warner. He was, of course, playing the part of a policeman (Inspector Pembury).

In later years he would be demoted to Constable George Dixon, in the long-running "Dixon of Dock Green". This TV show was a continuation of a part he played in the 1950 film "The Blue Lamp". Unusually, in the film he is killed after 20 minutes, but he was resurrected for the TV series.

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I can't claim this as my idea. It is a modern implementation of an old concept. "Soap savers" were popular from the mid-19th century onwards. My grannie had an old soap saver basket, which dated from the 1930s. She used it when hand-washing clothes.

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Talking of garlic nets, here is a wee trick to use up every last bit of soap bars. Put the last slivers of the soap bars into a garlic net which has been opened at one end. To use, just rub the net between your hands.

The net not only allows the soap out, but also stops it from becoming mushy, as air is able to circulate.

Soap is cheap, so it won't save you a fortune, but it means zero waste.

This week's was:
Dear Murderer (1947)

This film is an absolute belter of a . One of the best to come out of the UK, or anywhere for that matter. It was produced by the Gainsborough studios who were better known for making melodramas. However, this film, without being graphic, has some gruesome murders.

The setting is entirely stagey, without any outside locations, but is none the worse for it. You will be enthralled by the plot

Thoroughly recommended.

The weather forecast indicated fine, sunny conditions, but only for a few hours in the morning. I was out of the door by 0600. I was really glad I did, as it was gorgeous.

The photo shows a large Rowan tree in the foreground.

Rowan - Caorann - Sorbus aucuparia

Rowans are always one of the last to come out in leaf. On this particular tree the leaves haven't completely unfurled, yet.

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