...on a day when violent thunderstorms and downpours mixed with sunshine and heat - nature at its most magnificent. This summer season is proving very pleasant, with steady work on the laptop mixed in with travels on a whim. How did we ever manage without laptops and wifi? I used to write books and articles on a typewriter with liquid whitener or the angry crumpling of pages as the only option for correction or change, oh and some articles used to be dictated laboriously down the phone to a copyist in London. How did I ever manage? Anyway, lunch at the Scottish Seabird Centre was very fine, looking out at the white-encrusted Bass Rock and thinking how much more picturesque it sounds to say it is coated in rich guano rather than just covered in bird shit.