WE share our lives with beasties. In so saying, I’m not referring to a general relationship with other creatures on the planet. No, I’m referring to a far more intimate relationship – with beasties that help themselves to our lives.
The weather in Scotland has been so poor this summer it has led to an unexpected third hatch of midges - amounting to several billion more of the pesky insects.
A massive swarm of midges has been captured on camera in Kinross-shire.
A Dundee expert has warned the country could be plagued by a swarm of 21 billion midges this year.
Scots are bracing themselves for a bumper year for the least popular insect in the country.
We have been busy booking holibags in Penman Towers.
I used to regard the wind as the enemy. Cycling with it behind me might let me cruise along at average speeds I would normally only dream of, but payback is always just (literally) around the corner. The same wind that, when on my tail, has me feeling superhuman, suddenly becomes a Sisyphean effort against a head-wind that always seems disproportionate to the benefit gained with it behind me.
I’ll begin this week’s piece with an update on our butterflies, which have been putting on a colourful show and providing a great deal of pleasure.
Scotland has it all.