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ciel last won the day on June 9 2016

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    Scottish music, Wildlife, My garden, France

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    I downloaded Sophos this afternoon on account of a malware warning message on my macbook. All functions seem have drastically slowed down, including uploading photos to this forum. Is this to be expected? Is there a more suitable or convenient app than Sophos?
  2. Some photos from the dog walk today. I’m not sure about some of the IDs Gentians with Euphorbia in the background Club-tailed dragonfly ?Black-veined butterfly Fritillary butterfly, ?species
  3. Random butterfly pics: Small Heath White Admiral Holly Blue
  4. Dodging multiple storms in SW France yesterday, took a trip to the weather observatory, built 1893, on the summit of Mont Agoual. The exhibition there was very interesting and informative, although I did have some difficulty with this exhibit. A view from the summit. http://www.aigoual.asso.fr/uk/observ_uk.php
  5. I was not able to watch or listen to this competition live, but tuned into internet updates. It seemed like a good match with an exciting finish. Not that I think Scotland will ever make an impression on the world cricketing stage.
  6. This pic of Pine Processionary Moth nests was taken on a short dog walk this afternoon not more than 200m from the holiday rental in SW France. The caterpillar hairs, which they shed, contain a highly toxic irritating substance which can be fatal to dogs and harmful to humans. Due, in all probability to climate change: Since the 1990s, this moth has been moving north through France and is now just across the Channel in Normandy and Brittany Although the moths are not strong fliers, they could still be carried across the Channel to the UK. https://www.opalexplorenature.org/pine-processionary-moth#/0
  7. Some fine cloudscapes today shot from the Med looking north over higher land. Pics taken between Meze and Sete. Back at the rip off holiday rental ( and it is ! ) this is the "swimming pond" as promoted. I'm still contemplating whether or not I wish to swim with tadpoles, frogs and water boatmen. It is a bonny wildlife setting though. And the waterlilies at the mo are beautiful.
  8. I shall not be making any contribution to the Scottish thread for the next wee while. After leaving a grey and muggy Scotland yesterday, and, after frustrating motorway congestion, now in N. France. How I miss the Rosyth - Zeebrugge ferry!
  9. Touch and go this morning, here. After a bright sunny start to the day, cloud now trying to push in from the east. I shall remain hopeful that it burns back as the sun rises.
  10. The haar is lifting here as I type. Hopefully, could be a fine afternoon and the temperature should lift also. Abundant swallows and martins now, I may have two swallow pairs in the barn, they dart about so quickly, it is difficult to say. This one seems to like surveying the scene from the car roof rack.
  11. Stopped off for a short while at Balgavies Loch reserve this morning en route to Arbroath. It felt very cold, windy and was very quiet. The female osprey was hunkered down on the nest and the male was nowhere to be seen. A heron flew in, but after a drink and preen, just disappeared into the undergrowth. Excepting the resident noisy Greylags, this little Reed Bunting was the main event.
  12. A noticeable feature of the weather here today was the abrupt change from earlier hazy sunshine, mild and calm conditions. I was pottering outside in the early evening when the wind suddenly, maybe over a period of five minutes or so, birled round from a quiet southerly direction to gusting from the north with an associated drop in temp. Currently 6C.