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Coming over the river again to the left, we see the hawthorn flower and the linnet in its nest. In his poem ‘Now Westlin Winds’ Burns mentions “the spreading thorn the linnet” and in the preceding line of the poem he mentions -

“The hazel bush o’erhangs the thrush,”

- shown singing on the same side of the river;

a bit lower than the linnet.   


Between the linnet and the thrush, at the extreme left of the window, we see two partridges on the ground. Again, from ‘Now Westlin Winds’

“The paitrick lo’es the fruitful fells”.


 Opposite the mouse, on the other bank of the River Doon, we see woodbine and roses (where the thrush is singing) . These are mentioned in Burns’ poem

‘The Banks o’ Doon’ in the second verse:

“Aft hae I rov’d by bonie Doon

To see the rose and woodbine twine,

And ilka bird sang o’ its luve,

And fondly sae did I o’ mine.”

 On the other side of the river, opposite the linnet, we can just make out the little mouse under an acorn tree, reminding us of Burns poem

‘To a Mouse’.

“Wee sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie,

O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!”

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Below the roses and woodbine (ie honeysuckle), towards the centre of the window, we

see the famous daisies of Burns’ poem ‘To a Mountain Daisy’:

“Wee, modest, crimson-tipped flow’r,

Thou’s met me in an evil hour;

For I maun crush amang the stoure

Thy slender stem:

To spare thee now is past my pow’r,

Thou bonie gem.”

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