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Sep 14th, 2019

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Within the last hour

Our 16 year old cat has just had one vole and two mice. The latter were half consumed. All three brought into the utility room within the last hour. Poor little creatures.

Sep 13th, 2019

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Badger meets Fox

So funny to see a Badger and a Fox peacefully grazing on the nuts together. I would have thought that two top predators would have hated each other. Actually badgers seem to be pretty laid back creatures as they have been driven off by Tora a few times. Sadly I don’t suppose the poor wee […]

Sep 8th, 2019

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Beech House

R and I are off for a visit to the Lake District in a few weeks time. We will be climbing Scafell Pike and a couple of other peaks and visiting some of the places I knew well as a child. This was our house between Egremont and Whitehaven taken from Google as it was […]

Sep 5th, 2019

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Robin Orangebreasts

I would not have believed this, but J, who is the source of all general knowledge (I noticed this when we were on the Camino and he was a fount of information about a) religion b) architecture c) Spanish history) informed me that robins do not in fact have red breasts, but are orange. The […]

Aug 31st, 2019

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Two Martens

Believe it or not we had two martens at the same time on the webcam. I think it is Mum and child as one is much smaller than the other. Doubtless Mum will be seeing her offspring off shortly as pine martens are very territorial.

Aug 28th, 2019

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Sadly Given Up on GBBO

I’ve been watching the Great British Bake off since its inception 10 years ago and have always loved it. I was terribly sorry to see it move over to Channel 4 – I detest advertisements and in fact would definitely never buy from any company that force them in my face. One thing I do […]

Aug 25th, 2019

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We went into Glasgow yesterday. Tora has not been down to the village much of late, but yesterday he decided (very inconveniently) to go out at 5am. When we came back at 9:30pm he was still out and his food hadn’t been touched, so very unwillingly as we were very tired we went down to […]

Aug 23rd, 2019

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Different Birds

We’ve had a few interesting visitors recently. Firstly, four large wood pigeons have turned up early in the morning and have learned how to get the seeds out of the feeder which is just supposed to be for the little birds. I don’t have the heart to move it to where they can’t get it, […]

Aug 18th, 2019

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Two mice, one vole, one slug

This was Tora’s tally for last night. Both the mice were half eaten. The slug was the sole escapee. When I woke up at four am I saw it in the office door. It looked dead to me and with my still somewhat sore foot I didn’t want to struggle to the front door to […]

Aug 14th, 2019

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The tyranny of the fruit tree

I have worked my fingers to the bone over our plum tree this year. So far I have made 35 jars of jam 2 pies 3 crumbles Happily our local Church have taken most of the jam, our courier driver has taken a crumble and one jar of jam, and my parents have taken four […]