Birthday Shenanigans (part 1) and the wee harem

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Hello Hello all you lovely people of the Hive

Two weeks ago was my birthday and it is only now that I am getting round to documenting some of the shenanigans that occurred.

We had planned to visit a deep sea type world however the train strikes going on put paid to that.

Are you being affected by workers being on strike?
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The acquarium is in North Queensferry so it is right at the base of the Forth bridge, which is the iconic rail bridge in the foreground of my picture.

They have three seals there (of course I was hoping to create some #faction stories) , so I will meet them another day, but in this post I will introduce you to three other animals that I got reacquainted with. Actually I won't as I have realised that this post is getting too long, so will split into two parts. Those three animals will be replaced by a harem.

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So after that plan got aborted, it was time for Plan B.

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This meant a hike up to Raith Lake and get out in nature and go feed the 🦆 ducks and hopefully 🦢 swans.

Yes it became a day of birthday shenangigans.

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One good thing amongst this chaotic madness of surging price rises, is that my monthly subsctiption for duck and swan food has not increased in over two years. I still get my monthly bucket to feed them with and the price has not changed 🦢🦆

With the plan altered I knocked us up some egg mayonaise sandwiches and packed up the food both human and animal and of course the 📷 I still think of it as my early birthday present to myself😀

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Whilst we have not had the heat that England has had, we have had very dry weather and normally this path gets very muddy with all the mountain bikers that use it, but as you can see it is dry as a bone at the moment. The path we walk along is home to three ponies or maybe they are horses, I don't know what the difference is.

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Although there was plenty of grass for this cute pony to chow down on! I call him a pony because of the patches but it does look like a her right enough, perhaps Denise knows what the difference is @dswigle 🤔

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One good thing about walking through these woods is that when the weather is hot it is very shaded, so it is cool for Mrs T. Me meanwhile gets cold all the time, so I actually had my hoodie on. I do like it when the sun is able to sneak through the foilage!

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One thing that I have noticed this summer compared to last summer is the lack of mushrooms. Maybe it has been too dry for the 🍄 mushrooms.

Even the turkey tails look withered and actually look like the ones from last year!

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There were a few mushrooms like this one, seemingly floating in the air. They were Magic mushrooms after all 🤣 mind you, they looked nothing like magic mushrooms, not that I would know of course!

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We finished the walk along Beveridge Park and said hello to Brian the snail. He has lost his flowers since the last time we were walking past him. It appears that he lost his tongue too, as he would not talk to me today, no matter how hard I tried to get him to talk!

Snails these days, where did their manners go!

Across the road we went.

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You can tell it was summer, things are overgrown! Ever since Raith Lake stopped being used as a fishery, it is only the occasional dog walker and hiker like us that go there, and so much of it is overgrown now.

Luckily this path is useable.

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Do you see the tree on the left, I call that the "very happy elephant tree" Mrs T thinks it is like an elephants trunk, me well I am a man! I am sure you can guess why I call it very happy ....🤣

Just round the bend from "very happy elephant tree" is bra corner!

Some of you might remember the sagas of the coconut bra! Hence the name bra corner.

Shock horrors! They were discarded on the ground!

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Tell me ladies, is that how you discard your bra?

Actually if you read my upcoming charity post that will be posted on Friday I hope, you will discover the mystery has been solved and all will be revealed.

So here we have bra corner in all her glory...

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Yes the two cups became three!

Bra corner is also the corner where down at the waters edge live Mr and Mrs Swan. However, the bull reeds have made it impossible to get there. I knew Susie and Stevie Swan were there as I could hear them.

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So the food pellets were hurled over the reeds and into the water, I heard them again so know that they were feeding! All good but time to have lunch before heading to the other end of the lake.

Last time I saw both the parents and a nest, but I am sure there were no cygnets or eggs for that matter. Time will tell if there were any children.

We stopped for a bite to eat and then fed the small birds.

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There is a log we sit on and eat our lunch from, while putting lots of small bird birdseed on that log that you see. Sometimes they eat when we are there, that day the wee buggers did not!

Lunch finished we set off.

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In the distance I spied some female mallard ducks!

A harem I thought...Or was it...

To be continued in part 2!

This walk is also for #wednesdaywalk by @tattoodjay see his latest post for details and also #MakemeSmile hosted by @elizacheng,

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All images and ramblings are from me, the mad Scotsman @TengoLoTodo unless otherwise stated.
August 31st 2022

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Happy birthday in arrears to you @tengolotodo. I hope that all of your heart desires come to fulfillment. It sure looks like you had quite an eventful day. Plus, these are great pictures.

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Plan B sure looked lovely Ed 😎
Great way to celebrate your birthday. To bad plan A didn’t go ahead. Another time 😉

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Yeah Plan B is great as I feed the animals and that always puts a smile on my face, thanks Jackie:)

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Yes, it is so great to feed the animals 😀😉
You are welcome Ed
Enjoy your Thursday!

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Thank you Jackie, I try to do twice a week, especially in winter as they really need the help then.
Have a good one, and get those boxes ready!

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You are welcome Ed 😊
That’s is indeed needed in the winter, to help the little creatures.

I just packed box nr. 79 hahaha yep it’s a lot and not done yet.
But I do must say… there is dismantled furniture in there too. What we do not unpack.

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hehe the worst is the unpacking 🤣🤣🤣
hmm do we really this? wtf did we bring that for haha
have fun Jackie :)

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Hahahaha 🤣😂🤣😂🤣 I so know.
But you know what… all those 76 boxes so far, stay boxed up in one of the bedrooms. We will not unpack until our big move will happen. So all good 😇 no idea when that one is yet.

The next (temporarily) rental is fully furnished. We only get office / work stuff and clothes out. So to speak. 🤓
Thanks Ed

Yes, I still have lots to sell… as some items can’t be used in the other side.

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Happy birthday in accrued 🤣.Visuals you captured are expectacularr.

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A belated Happy Birthday
No strikes here luckily but your plan b looks great
As always such a fun read

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

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Thank you and yeah Plan B was great, any time I feed the animals is always good with me:)

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I must visit the Zoo here again its been far too long

have a good day

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I have Edinburgh zoo on my agenda, but Covid and train strikes keep messing it up!

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Let’s hope the strikes are over soon
Our city has a small but nice zoo only 5 mi utes from me so I have no excuse lol

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5 minutes from you! haha yep absolutely no excuse for you 🤣🤣🤣
I shall be watching your feed looking for the 🐒🦍🐧🐻

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Well you motivated me, I went there this afternoon, to be honest I was not that impressed, I dont know if because of less visitors during the pandemic but it wasnt that good

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Oh you went!
Ah that is not so good if you thought not as good. Maybe they had money troubles as you say with less visitors and the amount of animals etc has been cut...

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Yes finally did
Let’s hope it is temporary and it gets better with time

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It finally came out :) It sounds you had an amazing day with Mrs. T and everyone/everything else on that birthday walk, Tito Ed :)

Perhaps Brian the Snail is in hibernation mode so he didn't say hello, lol!

!LUV

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hehe it did CJ salamuch!
Yes a fun time, and got more fun in part 2:)
Ah hibernation that is a good call, I shall take some smelling salts when we go up this weekend:)
!ALIVE

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Yay! Excited what else is there Tito Ed.

Would be interesting to read what happens when Brian wakes up, lol!

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As you say I think the brain of Brian is in hibernation mode 😉
Yeah will get it out next week CJ;)
Happy Thursday and happy hivepud!

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Cheers Tito Ed :) Happy HPUD too and good morning

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Salamuch CJ and happy HPUD to you too, now I need to Power up and do my post ;)
Enjoy your night!

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Hi, Ed! @tengolotodo

I do know the difference between a pony and a horse! An equine is considered a horse if it is at least 14.2 hands tall, which is four feet ten inches tall. Under 14.2 hands is a pony! Less than four feet ten inches tall.

So now you know! :)

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So it is purely height!
That is brilliant my font of all knowledge Denise:)
Thank you so much, now to see if I can figure out how tall they are!

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Measure where that height is on yourself and the you can approximate. I would say that their legs look long, so I am guessing it is a horse!

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I think that one is a horse, there is a white one that is smaller and I think that one is either younger or a pony.

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Happy Happy Birthday!
Love a good Aquarium. My oldest daughter works as an educator at the one here near us.
and we see seals all the time, offshore where we are. From my boat:

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btw, I left a DM on discord for you... love to catch up soon, before the next meeting.

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Thank you thank you Blue:)

Oh that is cool and good for her.
Yeah we have a fair few amount of seals around us as I live on the coast. Cute things but boy can they munch a hell of a lot of fish.
I remember as a child living in the Orkney islands and every year there was a seal cull.
Yep got your message thanks and a great explanation in this weeks meeting from Dreemie. Once I get caught up I will be replying:)

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Birthday shenanigans! Love it. It continues to look like a good day was had by all!

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hehe yeah it turned out to be a cracker of a day :)

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Some great photos Ed. Looks like a great day out for your birthday. I can't imagine having a coat on in the summer and the weather looks so nice there..!WINE

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Cheers Steve, I remember when we lived in the South of Spain, it was not until the middle of July that I stopped wearing my winter coat, the Spanish thought I was aff ma heid!
!BEER

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Happy Birthday be lated 🍻🍻

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Thank you so much for that, I appreciate it, have a great day :)

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Did you do all this on your birthday?? Wow very interesting guess you went for site seeing.. I do nothing all day on my birthdays maybe next year will be different

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I certainly did do it all on my birthday Freda:)
It was a fun active day! Aww well let's hope next year you do something, so when is your birthday?

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April 04.... Well i think i will puck a routine like a rites to always do on my birthday just as you. Its good to celebrate each birthdays

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Yeah Pick something to do, even if it is free like mine was, it was so much fun.

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Hello, Super Ed!!!
I see you really liked the harem thing. 😂
Your birthday adventures were fun, but I would expect to see a bit more of the swans. You know how much I like them;)
And well, I used to be quite chilly, but now I'm more on Mrs. T's side, and I'm almost always hot 🤣🤣
So the elephant tree is very happy, eh? I won't ask why or will I? 😂😂😂

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hehe yes I loved the harem thing Super Eli🤣🤣🤣

Oh don't worry you will be getting plenty of swans pictures! This is why I stopped and made it two parts. I will see if I can do something for the feather friends contes too, I think there was a preening one, I hope it is not over!
haha the elephant tree well what can I say 🐘🍆 except that 🤣🤣🤣
Ah so something else you have in common with Mrs T brrrrr!!!

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I'm waiting for those swan pics Super Ed, and more harem 🤣🤣🤣

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jeje yes yes they will be coming next week Super Eli:)

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Okay okay, Super Ed ;)

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hehe and that reminds me to check feather friends, I bet I missed the competition I wanted to enter...

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actually you will see a pie from last year tonight when I post well when I write it first Super Eli!

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Hey partner, happy Belated birthday once again. It's a shame your plan A did not go as planned but is a good thing you have a plan B and it worked out perfectly well. I'm totally proud of how you spend your birthday, hehe, you are always known to love nature and it's a good way to spend your time as well.

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Well yes things happen for a reason, and the reason was to put a smile on my face and go feed those birds partner :)

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Birthday Blessings in Arrears Sir Wishing you The very Best in Life 🙏.
Nice Places and Beautiful Captures .
Reading from @dreemport

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That is one of the good thing of having plan B every time

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Yes it is, we really should always have a plan B! just in case ;)

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This sure was a lovely birthday walk Ed - I almost said waddle;) dunno where my brain went, must be a magic mushroom, although I've never seen one, neither a green snail for that matter 😉
Did you find out what the horse/pony is called? I must scroll through the many comments, it's a beautiful animal!
Well deserved rewards for a lovely birthday walk 🤗👌
PS we are often affected by strikes of all kinds here, can be very frustrating!

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hehe waddle, you might have not been far off, I think it was waddling on the way back home 🤣🤣
Yes I am sure that one is a horse, there are two more further up that path, a gorgeous wee white one that is definitely a pony though!
Yea my biggest rewards by a country mile so well chuffed about that!
Ah the strikes, well next week it is the refuse collection, just never ending:(
Have a great weekend Lizzie:)

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Great post, Ed! Your sense of humour is sublime 😂😂😂 So happy that you had a lovely birthday 💗I need to share my recent weekend away in South Wales... it was so nice... just what I needed.... walking in the Brecons... perspective... family time. !LUV !PIZZA

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Well thank you Sam:)
It was a fun and rewarding day.
We have to smile I think, and if my humour works then that makes me smile all the more!
Ah yes I saw in DP you were in Wales, that sounds great and yes you should make a post or two about it!
!LUV
!ALIVE

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Happy birthday brother. Looks like was a nice day. Cool pictures. Keep rockin Ed.

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Thanks brother! Yeah was a cool day.
Have a great week over there:)

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E say?🤣No. That is not how we dispose bras! Now I see where the fun goes... so much fun talking to trees and snails😫. I want!! You did enjoy your day. And I got no sandwiches🙄. Hmph!😒

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haha no sandwiches, boy oh boy, open wide I will feed you in 90minutes with a cheese and chicken sandwich!
Yes it was fun and part 2 to come!

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