Sunday, May 06, 2007

William's Birthday

My friend and work colleague Anna's father had a birthday today. Anna's parents have a holiday cottage in New Galloway just over an hour's drive from here. Well, more of a house as it has a HUGE garden that needs almost daily tending. Anna's folks split their time between their flat in Edinburgh and this wonderful house in the country.

Today was Anna's father's birthday and I was invited up for dinner.

On the drive up, I drove past an area that has feral goats. These goats were brought over by the Romans (!). When the Romans buggered off back to mainland Europe, the goats were left (or locals took them). These are part of the remaining wild flock.
It was a wonderful day, full of good conversation, good food and pleasant surroundings. It's a shame life doesn't have more days like this.
Some Hawthorne is in bloom. It is May, the traditional month for Hawthorne to be in bloom. Some still call it Mayflower.
Where there are flowers, there will be bees. This beautiful bumble was resting on a rock.
There was also a HUGE buzzard perched in a tree on the side of the road. I couldn't pull over as there was no shoulder to pull onto. Plus, if I had stopped the car, I'm sure this magnificent raptor would have flown off.


Ex-Shammickite said...

My mum always said 'Ne'er cast a clout (meaning take off any winter clothes) till May be out". We always called the flower of the hawthorn tree, May flowers. Beautiful.

Paradise Driver said...

Your piece of the globe is beautiful in the Spring!

susan said...

Lots of great photos. I love spring.

OK, so do your Roman goats bleat with an Italian accent??? tee hee

Joe said...

Good of Mr. Bumble to hold still - nice shot!

Jay said...

Those are some pretty historic goats. I wonder if they know of their family history.

Peggy said...

ex-shammickite - folks still say that around here! Some say that if you bring hawthorne into the house, it's bad luck!

Paradise Driver - It is pretty in a different way from where you live.

Susan - No, the goats have a soft scottish burr to their voices. They've been here for thousands of years!

Joe - I suspect the bee was cold which is why he stayed still for me.

Jay - Goats are pretty clueless when it comes to history.

Eryn said...

I bet the goats stink and act like they own the place too.

I'm glad you had such a wonderful day.

Kell said...

Feral goats? Wow. They're very cute.

Sounds like a wonderful day.

Xtreme English said...

those goats look like furriners! do you ever look at your neighbors and wonder if any of their ancestors stayed behind when the rest of the pack went back to Rome?

Ex-Shammickite said...

Peggy: Yes you're right, my mother wouldn't allow May flowers in the house, or Lilac flowers..... very BAD LUCK!

Alice Band said...

Hi Peggy,
Loved your comment on petite's blog. It made me laugh out loud. Greta blog x

Sally Lomax said...

Great photo of the bee!! Very brave to get so close!!

Tory said...

Beautiful pictures! It's gorgeous where you live.
Take care.

Jeanette said...

Gday Peggy. Lovely Photo's from your part of the world..