|Starlings above Gretna Service station|
Reflecting over the weekend, we had arranged to meet up with our friends from Carlisle at Gretna to see the famous Starlings. We met at the service station just north of Gretna and set about waiting for the anticipated event. Although there was some flocks of reasonable sizes flying overhead they never materialised into the usual mass aerial display that we have been entertained with in the past. Fred had spoke to the car park sweeper prior to our arrival and said they had been in full display the previous night so I don't know what happened on Saturday night perhaps someone can give me an explanation.
I was rather disappointed as Fred and Irene hadn't seen this wonderful spectacular event. I'm wondering if it has something to do with Fred as he came up to see the Hen Harriers several times in the summer but was disappointed every time. After about an hour we gave up and headed for the Gables Hotel and had a hearty meal that cheered us all no end.
The journey home was rather treacherous especially coming past the MOD sight between Gretna and Longtown where we passed a car getting pulled out of the ditch by a recovery wagon. I drove very cautiously all the way home not wanting to be in the same situation. The photos I've put on the blog are from last year but it does give an indication of this wonderful sight nature has provided us with. So hopefully I will have some more recent ones in the near future.