I saw this striking, large pink and brown moth on a wall in our garden one early June evening. It's an Elephant Hawk Moth, a nighttime nectar feeder that is said to hover outside of its chosen flower, feeding like a hummingbird.
I've been getting back into running and this route to Croft Head and back from Moffat is one I've been building up to. Probably not the best time to do it with the roasting weather, and my calves are really feeling it now, but worth it for the views. …
The Moffat and Eskdalemuir loop is one of my favourite cycle rides. It's 102 km with 1800 metres of climbing so pretty hard work on the legs, but the roads are quiet and the scenery you pass by is sublime.
On the now at last :-) From home it was 5 miles ride on tarmac before picking up a forestry/wind farm track for another 5 miles, then when I couldn't get any higher on the bike, it was a change to running shoes for a stiff but pretty short hoof to Queensberry's summit. It was fab to spend 3 hours soaking up the sun, making some useful vitamin D and attempting to put some colour into my pasty legs. The ride on the track was sketchy at times, but once again, my venerable old Dawes touring bike showed its merit.
The remaining depth on the snow patch is perhaps 1 metre at most, maybe 5 metres in height, and less than 100 metres long. A small chance it'll last until the beginning of May, but it's melting away very fast.