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Jun 14th, 2017

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A Feast for Crows

Schrodi is a very prolific catcher of small furry creatures, but never (to my knowledge) eats his prey.  I feel that their deaths should at least benefit something – so I put the pathetic little bodies out in the creature feeding area.  They always disappear – and a couple of times I’ve seen the badger […]

Jun 12th, 2017

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Water Lilies

The water lilies are out now and looking very pretty.  Unfortunately, the weather is so chill, damp and midgie that there isn’t much pleasure in outdoor activities at the moment.  Even our usual walks have to be squashed into the intervals between rain time and midgie time.  Still, we are off to Switzerland on Friday […]

Jun 11th, 2017

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Wheat Free Cheese and Onion Soda Bread

I am getting a bit better at baking with non-wheat flour, although I still think that even at their best, the results are never going to be as good as the traditional methods. I made these cheese and onion soda bread style rolls for R and stole a bit myself as they smelt so delicious.  […]

Jun 7th, 2017

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A great wildlife day

The first thing I saw looking out of my office window around 6:30 this morning was a little roe deer eating my primulas. One of the things about wildlife (certainly in UK) is that although it is very prolific in some areas (like here), you rarely see it except if you have a special area […]

Jun 6th, 2017

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A good badger video

Click on the photo for a video of one of our badgers in colour.  This was at 5:45am – unfortunately by the time I was in the kitchen about 20 minutes later it had departed.  

Jun 5th, 2017

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Disappointing Trip

I seem destined not to get to Iona on the Waverley.  Last year the trip was cancelled before we set off due to bad weather.  This time we actually got to Oban and were on the boat before the Captain announced that because of high winds the tender operator (tender as in ship, not a […]

Jun 5th, 2017

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An addition to the family

R bought me a little bear on the Waverley because he is the twin of the ScotSTS bears I bought to go in the goodie bags for our conference.  Now I have triplet bears on my bookshelf. I decided to call him Jerome.  I had thought of Columba because of Iona, but decided against it […]

Jun 3rd, 2017

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Bed Warmer

N and J stayed over at the weekend.  Schrodi made sure to get both of their beds ready for them. Unlike when my Mum came to stay around this time last year though, he didn’t favour them with any rodents during the night.

Jun 2nd, 2017

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Lovely evening on Cnoc Coinnich

After a damp and midgie week the weather suddenly picked up late this afternoon and most of the insects vanished.  I made the most of it by going for a quick hike up Cnoc Coinnich. The views were sensational as ever. I didn’t see a soul the whole way apart from a few sheep, until […]

Jun 1st, 2017

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R and I went for our normal walk this morning although it is not pleasant at the moment as the midgies are fierce (they love warm wet weather as we currently have).  On the way out we narrowly evaded Schrodi by running down the driveway. But we had to walk through the village to post […]