Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Snacking on barnacles.

A quiet morning apart from a gentle conveyor belt of business jets bringing more golfers into town for the Dunhill tournament.

The geese usually settle down in the middle of the wheat field but this morning they're all contentedly swimming in the shallow rock pools on the foreshore. There must be five or six  hundred of them. They ignore us.

Further offshore the cormorants are standing, facing into the wind while waiting for a shoal of sprats to swim by. The cormorants have to be the avian worlds championship swimmers. When not fishing for sprats they spend their days snacking on barnacles. They seem to have weathered the bird flu outbreak - against all the odds three young ones are perched on the rocks drying their wings . This is a good enough reason to smile.

On the beach by the Oceanographic Institute a crowd of sensibly dressed early risers are standing watching the Basking Sharks and Dolphins in the Bay. They are completely absorbed in what they're doing. 

As we pass them I see a small dog. It has noticed the smells of bacon cooking in the Yacht Club cafe. The humans are all looking to the right. It is looking left in the direction of the bacon.

A new store has opened up in town on the site of the greeting card shop that went bankrupt. The new store sells bed linens , womens clothing and ceramics. Locals pause and peer in through the open doors. The shop sign  informs us that this is a 'London' company. That may, or may not, prove to be a selling point in these rural heartlands.

Just in time for the winter the new Scottish galleries in Edinburgh finally open :


WFT Nobby said...

I hope that The White Company shop in St Andrews does not exude the overpowering smell of perfume that hits you within 50 m of the outlet in Aberdeen.
Both Nobby and I would prefer the aroma of bacon any day.
Cheers, Gail.

Lisa in France said...

Hooray for the cormorants!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yes, I had noted the new level and dedicated Scottish Art section of the renamed National were finally ready for us. Will have to stir my stumps and get over for a visit. YAM xx

jabblog said...

I suppose the geese fertilise the fields so are welcome, but even geese need a change some days.

Teena and Lala said...

I keep looking for houses for sale in Fife.

I blame Angus.


Travel said...

Wise dog, always go in the direction of the bacon.

Diaday said...

Your comment about the young cormorants made me smile, too.

rottrover said...

What a beautiful place!

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