Looking on the Bright Side…

…The steady light rain that starts whenever we head out for a walk does at least keep off the worst of the flies. We have yet to encounter the dreaded midge – a beast that looms as large as some mythical monster whenever this part of Scotland is discussed – but the flies seem irritating enough, at least to us newbies. They seem attracted to walkers and gather over our heads in columns as we go, so that from a distance we must have the appearance of being trailed by a pillar of smoke, like the Israelites in the desert, only without the sunshine. When it is not raining, I try and cultivate a stoical indifference to the flies – teeth clenching is good for the jaw line after all – while the other half opts for a maddened hand waving, which presumably tones the upper arms. Either way, I’m disappointed that the presence of such an abundance of insect life in our vicinity does not mean that we are also trailed by swallows, swifts, martins and flycatchers who are all surely missing a trick here. If rhinos can have oxpeckers, and even crocodiles their own personal toothcleaning avian companion, why cannot walkers attract a companion bird or two to keep them insect free? I’d even put up with the poo.

6 Responses to Looking on the Bright Side…

  1. Dom says:

    If walkers didn’t walk about so much scaring the birds away then perhaps they would attract some šŸ˜€

  2. disgruntled says:

    Hmm but then they wouldn’t be walkers, would they? They’d be standarounders.

  3. Flo says:

    I’ll dig out our Aussie flyscreen hats (not the ones with the corks – they’re for dags), and send them to you. They’re in the garage somewhere…

  4. Huttonian says:

    I didn’t know Australian Dogs wore hats

  5. disgruntled says:

    Well how else would they keep the flies off?

  6. john gibson says:

    I think a lot of them have come down here.
    I was bitten yesturday and the swines have got me 3 times today.

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