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Mar 3rd, 2019

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Walk along the old Coach Road

My friend J and I are in training for our Camino now (or at least he is when I can induce him to come out walking). On Friday we did one of my favourite walks. We went up behind the holiday village at Drimsynie, and climbed up to a Forestry road high on the hillside. […]

Mar 1st, 2019

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Can’t Improve on the Best

I watched a program on iPlayer last night about British takeaways (first episode about Fish and Chips). They have a number of challenges between rival shops, the final one of which is to devise a “new take” on what ever takeaway they are looking at. Here’s the thing – good Fish and Chips is good […]

Feb 25th, 2019

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Transport situation here going to the dogs

Now along with the ongoing situation with the A83 which I have mentioned many times the council in their wisdom have decided to close one of our two roads to the village for four days. I understand that road maintenance has to happen – but here is the thing – it is not on […]

Feb 24th, 2019

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Spring is definitely here

R and I went on our usual walk round the waterfalls this morning. We noticed that in one of the ponds to the side of the path that significant frog activity was occurring and there was a load of spawn. For some reason this pool is always the first to get the frogs which is […]

Feb 23rd, 2019

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Streaming services and cinema

I’ve just read a piece of complete nonsense on the BBC about streaming services (specifically Netflix) and this causing competition with cinemas. We have a Netflix subscription which I use a lot and costs a very reasonable price – probably comparable to going to a cinema once in in a month (and this is for […]

Feb 19th, 2019

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Owls and Pussy Cats

Both cats sleeping in the lounge tonight but constantly being disturbed with the noise from the owls outside which wake them up. There are several in the garden hooting away – I think they are tawny owls rather than the barn owls we had last year. I think I saw one as I was out […]

Feb 17th, 2019

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Lollipop Birds

We’ve had some new visitors over the last few days – at least two pairs of long tailed tits. I’ve heard them described as “Lollipop Birds” because, well basically that is what they look like with their tiny round bodies and long tails. I also saw one siskin yesterday. For reasons unknown, although they are […]

Feb 16th, 2019

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Walking the Camino

In April, my friend J and I will be walking the Camino pilgrimage from St Jean de Pied Port to Santiago de Compostelo. Actually we will be slightly cheating because although J is a gentleman of leisure, I have a business to run and can only spare three weeks for it which means that I […]

Feb 11th, 2019

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Dangerous Trees

You have to laugh. The powers that be put this stupid sign up over six months ago. I’m not sure why the trees here are any more or less dangerous than anywhere else you could wander to in the woods – unless there are some ents in there that we don’t know about. Anyway, this […]

Feb 6th, 2019

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Deconstructed Paella

I had a difficult challenge the other day. R doesn’t and never has eaten seafood. My brother N has suddenly decided not to eat any kind of processed meat. To me all this stuff is scaremongering by the media, and as long as you don’t live entirely on bacon sandwiches you are probably at minimal […]