A new book was launched in Tobermory yesterday, called ‘Wildflower walks on Mull’. It has been written by Lynne Farrell, who is the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland’s official vice-county recorder for Mull, Coll and Tiree. She has been recording plants on Mull since 1995. The book is published by Brown & Whittaker, and is on sale in Tackle and Books, Tobermory, where the launch was held!
Farmer and I went along to get our copy signed by the author. Lynne has been very enthusiastic about what we are doing here. Dave Sexton from the RSPB was also there with his book, Birdwatching on Mull & Iona, which is a very handy book to help visitors know where to look for different bird species. The two books will work well as a pair. We will be putting in an order for both to put in the cottages!
After the giddy excitement of the book launch, we went to meet off-island friends for lunch at Cafe Fish! It was beginning to look like a grand day out. We had a delicious leisurely lunch. Then a visit to An Tobar, to see the latest show there, which I really enjoyed. Then we walked some way along the lighthouse path with our friends, before heading back to the school for Parents ‘Evening’!
I was amused by the sight of this gull sleeping on the wall of the pier, in her beautiful nest decorated messily with bits of sea-plastic and rope. With all the comings and goings on the fisherman’s pier, I was amazed she was so relaxed. You don’t have to go far in Tobermory to see the wildlife!
Later, in the evening I went for one of those wildflower walks on Mull mentioned in the book, the one here at Treshnish (!) and found another site of Wood bitter-vetch and some beautiful clumps of speedwell and bird’s foot trefoil, glowing in the dying sunlight. I had my first, but certainly not my last, sniff of the Fragrant Orchid – divine!