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Feb 21st, 2014

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Salmon Recipes

Last week we bought a huge organic salmon from Loch Fyne.  I am ashamed to say that I bought it in Glasgow, so it made a journey 50 miles down the road and back (not ideal but could be worse I suppose). Anyway – I filleted it (not very expertly) and it made 10 good […]

Feb 20th, 2014

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Data in the Wilderness

I said before we moved that I would give an update on what the data situation is here and how we are managing with the greatly reduced Internet access (compared with what we had before).  So what we have ended up with is 2 bonded ADSL lines (this is a service from the Andrews and Arnold […]

Feb 19th, 2014

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The heron we saw the other day seems to be making a pitch for our pond (or minature loch).  There are several small islands in the middle, and it is visiting one of them for an hour or two every morning.  When it sees us coming it flies off and returns to stalking down the ditch […]

Feb 16th, 2014

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Polytunnel and Greenhouse

We have a large polytunnel and green house behind the house – a legacy of the previous owners who had a flower growing business here.  They are both about 14′ wide by 17′ long – so a pretty substantial size and I am hoping to be able to create some good crops. The idea is […]

Feb 14th, 2014

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In which we have visitors

Two unexpected (though not necessarily unwelcome) visitors today. Firstly, a heron which we used to see down at the bridge over the river just outside our garden seems to have decided to take over our pond. It stood motionless by the edge of the pool for over an hour this morning – it is out […]

Feb 12th, 2014

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Bing was right

For the last week the Bing Weather app on my phone has been saying that it would snow on Tuesday. On Monday we had two tons of topsoil delivered to populate the new raised beds in the polytunnel. Of course the lorry it arrived in was an 18 ton monster because the delivery firm hadn’t […]

Jan 12th, 2014

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Every lunchtime I make soup.  Note I said ‘I’ because cooking isn’t something R does.  For the cost of one carton from the chill cabinet in the supermarket you can make an enormous pot which will do at least three sets of lunches for the two of us.   Really easy to make and combined with […]

Jan 11th, 2014

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Mobile Coverage in Scotland

The mobile phone coverage in Scotland really really sucks.  When we moved house I had to move from my old provider – 3 to Vodafone because there is literally no 3 coverage within about 20 miles of the house.  In fact to actually get my PAC code to move my number we had to drive […]

Jan 10th, 2014

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Seed buying

We went to the Garden Centre the other day and selected a load of different seeds (a mix of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit).  It is amazing to think what we will be able to be eating in six months time for such a small financial investment – assuming of course that I am able […]

Jan 7th, 2014

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A Wish fulfilled

I was looking at some of our Webcam footage late last night and nearly fell out of my chair.  We have a large nut feeder over the fence, and at 10pm (while we would have been sitting in the lounge), a cat sized creature with a pointed muzzle, long tail and white breast emerged from […]