Tilly and I did a bit of a reccy this morning, researching the next walk I am leading for the walking group. I wanted to see whether we would be permitted to walk up the drive and past the mansion house at Tyninghame. The answer was no, but never mind.
As we walked along the immaculately kept driveway we passed happy sheep, grazing in the parkland either side of the drive. This is a Zwartbles sheep, from Holland,
and if my research is right, this is a Dorset Down. Please let me know if I've got that one wrong.
We walked back along a short stretch of the River Tyne. I was a bit fed up to see a large number of giant hogweed plants growing along the riverbank. Heracleum mantegazzianum, is an invasive species, which originates from Southern Georgia and Russia. Although it is a statuesque and impressive plant, those I saw today stood a good 15' - 18' in height, we don't want them here. Skin reacts violently to the sap and it is best to keep well away from them.