is a terrier, but he is always ready for a Scooby Snack.

Although, I don't mean a Glasgow Scooby Snack which "consists of a hamburger, a sliced sausage, a bacon rasher, a potato scone, a fried egg and a slice of processed cheese, all contained within a floured hamburger bun and accompanied by tomato ketchup and brown sauce."


"It was lovely to have walkies in the sunshine for a change."

That was Neachdainn speaking, but I agree. 😉

On tonight's I saw a Elder in flower. I decided to photograph the flowers.

After about 10 seconds I started to feel a few midgies. After another 30 seconds both and I had to do a runner. These timings are not an exaggeration, easily the worst midgies this year (so far).

Overcast, damp and cool conditions are the worst for midgies.

always sits with me when I'm photographing. This is good, as I like to know he is safe while I don't have 100% attention on him.

However, I once had an unintended consequence when investigating a tiny, fragile mushroom. Neachdainn came rushing over, and sat down in front of me, right on top of the mushroom. Ooops! 🍄


My wildflower photo assistant.

He is investigating a Bird's-foot Trefoil, I believe.

Man's best friend?

On yesterday's we encountered 4 dogs in outside kennels with small pens. There were two Border Terriers sharing one pen and a Border Collie & Bearded Collie sharing the other.

The 4 seemed delighted to have something to distract them from their monotony. wagged his tail at them, but otherwise he was happy to continue his walk.

It is a common occurrence to see working dogs kept like this, but still I always feel sad.


Here is a photo of on a recent long walk. It was hot that day, and I could see he was contemplating a dip in the cool river. In the end he decided that discretion was the better part of valour.

He did what a smart pooch would do and went downstream to a shallower stretch of river and cooled his paws.

His human companions did the same, and we all enjoyed the view.


loves playing games with cardboard boxes. The game play is always the same: he rips the boxes into shreds. He doesn't get to play the game often.

Last week he spotted a box on the table and decided to get it himself. The wee rascal. 😃

Happy Wednesday

What do hairy dogs do on a hot day?

cools his paws whenever he finds a nice pool of water (even if it is completely muddy).

"Ahh, that's better."

Glorious. Glorious. Glorious.

Fantastic weather for today's . Another best-of-the-year-so-far. Around 20°C, and virtually no clouds. We had an extra long 3½ hour walk. = hot & tired.

Came across an old abandoned house, which the forest had grown around. Lovely stonework. Felt rather poignant.

Lots of wood anomones in blossom everywhere: Lus na gaoithe - Anemone nemorosa

My OH took Neachdainn for his morning walkies today. On the way back they went to visit his big pal Ice. Neachdainn discovered that Ice had a Border Collie for a neighbour, he stuck his nose through the fence to say hello. The collie tried to bite him. Neachdainn withrew his muzzle, but got a very slight graze near his nose.

Needless to say wanted to finish what the collie had started. Much barking & growling ensued.

Wondrous Wednesday

While the humans were enjoying the great weather, one wee dog was finding it hot. It isn't so easy when you are a hairy dog that likes cold weather.

Luckily, there were plenty of burns available for to get a thirst quenching drink.

Well done, wee man.

Ooh, nearly forgot it is Wednesday.

Here is a photo of just after his games session. Every evening, after his second walkies, he plays some active games and some intelligence games. Scotties love being physically & mentally active.

Here is my haul of Red Deer antlers from today's .

Five antlers, and I wasn't even looking hard. I was concentrating on enjoying the walk with .

Between now and May is the peak period for the stags to naturally shed their antlers.

The weather forecast was great for today's . I decided to take my real camera, as well as my smartphone. So, of course, it rained at the start of the walk. Cleared later, and got some photos.

This year there are a lot of frog & toad spawn. The wet spring probably helped. There were so many frogs I had to be careful where I placed my feet when walking. doesn't pay them any attention, cuisses de grenouille is not for him.

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