We didn't go far at all on Saturday - after a quick trip to asda for picnic provisions we drove over to Tayport where the RSPB were running an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the introduction of sea eagles to the area. We had a bit of a wander around the harbour where we saw some wading birds, and a cormorant catching the sun.
From there we headed to the promenade to join the 'wildlife wander'. We didn't see any Sea Eagles, but the RSPB staff pointed out a variety of bird life on the sandbanks, including godwits, oystercatchers, a couple of herons and most exciting of all an osprey catching a fish! I've cycled through Tayport a few times, never realising the variety of wildlife I was probably passing. I still can't quite believe I got to see an osprey so close to home!
I knew there were to be talks by RSPB staff and volunteers but hadn't realised there'd also be 'dignitaries' in attendance, local MSPs Willie Rennie and Mark Ruskell, who is the species champion for the white tailed eagle at Holyrood. This is an interesting (and award winning) scheme linking MSPs with endangered species of plants and animals.
The Bach. We were lucky to get a table - we only got one because a group with a booking hadn't turned up, which is frankly their loss. The menu's changed slightly since we last had dinner there, to a more tapas style approach, which works pretty well.
From there it was on to (sshh!) the secret bar to introduce my parents to the combined joys of prohibition era Swing music and deadly cocktails.....
The barman seemed pretty excited at dad's choice - turns out it's his own recipe and has so far got him to the regional heats of a national competition, so assuming we followed the instructions on the card correctly we may have helped him on his way to the final in London, so good luck Dimitrios!
We'd sort of planned to walk home but in a stroke of good fortune we managed to pretty much walk out of the bar and on to a bus home - bonus!
Sunday was shaping up to be another nice day, so after a lazy breakfast we headed off to Falkirk to see the Kelpies. We've passed them on the road before but never visited so didn't really know if it would fill an afternoon, but with the Falkirk Wheel and Callendar House as back up we were confident we could keep busy. We parked at Falkirk football stadium as recommended by the Kelpies website, and took advantage of the stadium cafe to grab lunch before heading through the Helix park to the Kelpies. You may have seen pictures of the Kelpies, or even seen the maquettes that tour around, but nothing quite prepares you for the scale of them.
So a very enjoyable weekend all round, and now for a week off, which means my next post will probably involve tales of decorating the kitchen.....
Oh, the mythical beasts are the Kelpies incidentally, which eat people in case you wondered 😲