Saturday was a bit of a “pottering about” day – we started off southwards – down through Benbecula, and were quickly reminded that it was the day of the Benbecula Half-Marathon – the reminder came quickly when we realised that we were sharing the single-track road with the runners. No barriers, barricades, or flag waving crowds here! As a good pal of mine recently ran a marathon (mad girl that she is!) I felt quite sorry for the runners battling along with no cheering or encouragement, so we stopped for a while at the war memorial where two others were showing their support and cheered and shouted “well dones” and “keep goings!” for a while. And I took some photos…
We drove on, before stopping again a little further South to watch this beautiful swan family for a while. They seem to be looking after their 8 cygnets extremely well – up here most young are lost to birds of prey or simply the conditions, but so far these proud parents seem to be keeping their brood safe.
On again – a quick stop to grab some bread and cheese for lunch, and then to one of our favourite spots in South Uist to eat – Loch Eynort.
This is an amazing place for a walk – there used to be one main path running along the line of the Loch down to a little creek, but the crofter/landowner has been working like mad over these last few years on putting in plenty more – so you can roam all over the place now! We stuck to the old path on the way out, crossing the creek at the little bridge and making our way from there on sheep/deer-tracks about as far as we could.
After a bit of a poke around looking at all the different plants, flowers and lichens about the place, we wandered back – taking a different path this time and disturbing a poor Heron who was nesting in the trees above us. I should think her first surprise came when she actually found a tree that she could nest in – Herons have to improvise a bit out here as there aren’t many trees – Loch Eynort however has a small plantation of pines, and also – and this is REALLY unusual – a little wooded area of deciduous trees – we spotted Ash, Sycamore and Rowan. The wooded areas were absolutely full of Bluebells too – just look at this gorgeous little clump of them…
…and little clumps like that are irresistible when it comes to photographic japes like this….
…zoom-bursts are easy, and fun!