Shot of the DayThe woodpeckers were out in force this morning when I filled the moorland feeders, I counted seven on show. I spent an entertaining hour watching them chase each other round the tree trunks and tussling for space on the feeders.
After lunch I went with Tootlepedal to Rowanburn with the intention of walking down the old railway to the viaduct at Rowanburn Foot. Lang Sandy was there to greet us when we arrived looking suspiciously like the William Wallace statue we saw recently. Lang Sandy is also an old Scots name for the Grey Heron.
These rowan berries are a lovely contrast against the green foliage
One of the few railway huts that have survived.
A good supply of logs for woodburners
We passed through the gate......
........and continued down the track.
When I stopped to take this photo of the butterfly I didn't notice the bee until I down loaded the photos
We soon arrived at the viaduct to find a strong security fence to prevent the public from crossing but someone had made a hole large enough to get through but we heeded the warning and decided we'd get better photos from the riverside.
We found this to be a wonderful piece of Victorian engineering. The viaduct was built on a curve and the angles of the stonework looked almost impossible. All this was done without the aid of computer design.
The holes in the stonework would enable some kind of apparatus to grip them and be hoisted into position.
Satisfied we scrambled back up the banking and made our way back to the car and home to Wauchope Cottage for tea and biscuits. I intened to return to Canonbie after tea to try and get a Canonbie view for the show on Saturday but it got too gloomy for picture taking.