Comments Keep up with comments here: microtis on Robin’s Pincushions on Wild RosesThere is something satisfying about finding a familiar species a long way from where you customarily see it - a reminder that ecological habitats do not observe national boundaries! the HALL of EINAR on Aquila in L’AquilaThanks very much Simon - it's great to have your company here. Gran Sasso is amazing. You'll certainly be in for a temperature and culture shock on your move to Kirkwall. The earthquakes have done so much damage. We visited Santo Stefano di Sessano which has had both of its most important buildings destroyed. Sadly I'm heading back to the South West of England today, so maybe we can catch up with tatties and neeps and a glass of Red Macgregor in Kirkwall? :) Simon Strachan on Aquila in L’AquilaGreat, David, and every point you made yesterday was spot on! We live on the edge of the Gran Sasso National Park, and not far from L'Aquila - but are about to shift to Kirkwall. (You mentioned 40 C temperatures - three months of that is a bit of a nudge, along with 4 earthquakes in the last 14 months......) Enjoy your blog. If you fancy a glass of wine or plate of pasta whilst in Abruzzo, give us a shout. Cheers, Simon hawthorn-livelovecraft on Go to the edge of the land and stare at the sea as the sun setsDefinitely. the HALL of EINAR on RoadmireI'm sure you will love it there Dave. It's now much improved! Dave. on RoadmireHello David, I used to work with the fellow who bought Roadmire. We still keep in touch and in fact he was at my house today with his latest photos of the cottage. It was he who told me about your website. He has promised I can visit Roadmire in the not too distant future something I am greatly looking forward to. Thanks, Dave. the HALL of EINAR on Sand MartinsThanks Margaret - I'm glad you like the photos. I suspect Sand Martins are recent arrivals. From the guides I've read I think Swallows used to be a rarity too. the HALL of EINAR on Puffins in the airAll the Puffins are now in the North Sea and they won't come back to land until next summer Karen. They float around bobbing on the waves and fishing almost all year until it's time to pair up again and have their single egg and puffling. Then they're gone again. I'm glad you've been enjoying the photos Karen. Thank you. the HALL of EINAR on The magic of a MerlinThanks David. I was quite disappointed with the shot and only kept it as a record to identify it and remember seeing it. Then people started telling me how much they loved it which persuaded me to share it here. I'm glad you like it :) Thanks for the comment. Karen C on Puffins in the airI was in Orkney last week. We did not see any puffins. Where are the best places to see puffins? We may never make it back to Orkney--so I may have to follow your blog indefinitely! (Great photos!) Margaret Rendall on Sand MartinsGreat photos of Sand Martins. We saw them this summer when we were in Westray. I didn't think they were there when I was growing up, although maybe we thought they were swallows! David Clegg on The magic of a MerlinA rapturous applause from me. That must rank pretty high in the album ☺ the HALL of EINAR on RedshanksThanks - I love your photographs of them. I obviously need to fins some tame Redshanks rather than the wild ones on Westray. the HALL of EINAR on The magic of a MerlinThanks Edward! Edward Zapletal on The magic of a MerlinBeautiful! uphilldowndale on RedshanksGorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, I'd never had the opportunity to see them until I visited Orkney, the ones we found next to the path at the Ring Of Brodgar, were obviously tourist trained.. https://uphilldowndale.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/red-shank/ uphilldowndale on Gertrude TanglewingWhat an encounter, it is always a privilege, but not a joy, to get close to animals that are injured or deceased, when you can get to see even more of their beauty. kate on A pot boilerkeeping my love of Orkney alive! loiswakeman on Guess the Yoghurt Flavour:) uphilldowndale on Curious Beef SteersI think you'd probably enjoy a root around in John's freezer, there's all sorts of anatomy, from the feet up. https://whatsinjohnsfreezer.com/ Rebecca on Flying PuffinsNo puffins. Great archaeology . Waved to you as we flew over Westray on the way home. My friends: Who are you waving to? Me: Dave in the old school house. My friends: We didn't realise that you knew anyone on Westray. Me: I don't. My friends: Okaaay......? the HALL of EINAR on Flying PuffinsThanks Rebecca - that's great. I hope you have a wonderful time there and that a Puffin puts in an appearance for you. Rebecca on Flying PuffinsBeautiful. We are off to Papa Westray on the plane this afternoon. I might see some puffins?? If not, the Knap of Howe will suffice! the HALL of EINAR on Fattie CuttiesI can just imagine them now Maggie... it's time for a cup of tea, I think. the HALL of EINAR on Guess the Yoghurt FlavourThanks very much Lois - it's a pleasure to have your company here.