An early start and a drive from Wiston to Edinburgh on a beautiful sunny day. We arrived in plenty of time to be met by Shauna Hey, Ian Herbert, Max and photographer Lindsay, our team at the Botanical Gardens. We were also very pleased to see friends Helen, Janet, Judy, David and Roger who had come to walk some of the way with us.

Introductions and chat done and we were off for a wee photo shoot in the Cottage Garden with the man from the Evening News no less. ( No photos from him as yet but this lovely pic from Ian)

Set Off
Make a Beeline Team

We drummed up a lament to the Bee and with a rousing cheer of ‘Let’s Make a Beeline’ we were off.

Walking. Not actually a Beeline. They’re straight. We can’t walk through walls. Or flower beds. Or across water. Or fly. But it is Our Beeline nonetheless. So we walked to the water of Leith, which would be our guide for the day, to begin our journey.

Meg and Ewan
Meg, Ewan and Pollaidh at the Water of Leith

We hoped to follow the river all the way to Redhall Walled Gardens.

Diversion
Diversion
doorway
Pollaidh leads the way

But flood damage meant diversions and views we may not have otherwise seen.

gormley
Antony Gormley at SNGOMA
school
Hogwarts?

Back on the river we continued our walk. Beautiful day for it.

Bridge
Bridge across the Leith
Water walkway
Views up the Leith
Heron
Heron Fishing
Leith
Idyll
Yellows
DesRes
Water of Leith
The Water of Leith

 

 

Budlea
Buddleia on the Leith

At halfway I said ta ta to Meg, Ewan and Pollaidh and headed back to pick up the support vehicle and drive to Redhall to meet with them later that afternoon. We arrived within 5 minutes of each other.

After a nice cuppa and a biscuit we spent some time chatting with one of the staff about Bees, Redhall and Wiston before heading off to the Bee and Butterfly Garden. Stunning is not the word for it.

Bee 1
Bee You Tee
bee 2
Buzzin
bee 4
In Flight

In the summerhouse is a bee you ti full book all about Bees and Butterflies….here is a wee snippet.

Bee a friend

A great first day…more words to follow from Meg and Ewan ao far nd photies form the Evening News. So far so good.

To end today’s blog a Bee Story from the world today.

A photographer was amazed when he captured this cheeky close-up picture of a bumblebee - having a WEE. See SWNS story SWBEE. Mark Parrott, 45, was out tending his garden and had his camera handy hoping to get a photo of hoverflies. But he was distracted by a swarm of bumblebees buzzing around the herbs in his garden in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and took a few shots. The father-of-two couldn't believe it when he looked back at the picture and spotted the little insect was having a wee.
A photographer was amazed when he captured this cheeky close-up picture of a bumblebee – having a WEE. Mark Parrott, 45, was out tending his garden and had his camera handy hoping to get a photo of hoverflies. But he was distracted by a swarm of bumblebees buzzing around the herbs in his garden in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and took a few shots. The father-of-two couldn’t believe it when he looked back at the picture and spotted the little insect was having a wee.

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