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Jun 2nd, 2020

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Mousies and Woodies

We now have a family of at least four woodpeckers who just love the fat balls we put out. It used to take the small birds about a month to get through one feeder full of them, but the woodpeckers can do it twice in a day. We looked them up on the RSPB website, […]

May 31st, 2020

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Helensburgh Yesterday

We went out to Helensburgh yesterday to see my parents. It is obvious to me that no one here in the Highlands is obeying any kind of social isolation. The A83 and A82 were mobbed with cars as always on a warm May Saturday. There were cars with canoes, there were boats being towed, there […]

May 17th, 2020

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Birds and fruit trees

We have had some lovely birds on our feeders. We can now see them a bit better as R and I put a new camera up directly facing the feeders. This was not a particularly easy task as it involved threading a cable through the attic and down the wall and then securing the camera […]

May 5th, 2020

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Owl Box mounted in garden

Our lovely owl box which my parents gave us as a present has now been mounted on a tree. Unfortunately due to the actions of our government we didn’t manage to get it put up in time for owls to breed in it this year. We are still hearing them around but I think that […]

Apr 30th, 2020

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Lamb Joke

This did not work I am afraid. R and I were walking up the hill to the waterfall. A lamb was baaing its head off and I was genuinely upset that it was in trouble. I mentioned this to R and said it would be a good idea to rescue the lamb as it had […]

Apr 28th, 2020

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Remembrance day

There is a famous poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye which goes like this. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn […]

Apr 27th, 2020

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Oh No its a Cattalo

After not being able to go to Helensburgh for either Mothers’ Day or my father’s 90th birthday, we finally made it yesterday. I was half being expected to be arrested by fascists on my way there, although we had a pretty damn good excuse for going as we made a huge food delivery for Mum […]

Apr 19th, 2020

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Managed to get Mum and Dad some food

R and I managed to get a repeating order from ASDA yesterday for my parents only by booking it at 10:001pm exactly. I tried ringing them during the day but aparently they have closed down their call centre unless you have an existing order. The system for vulnerable people just does not work. I can’t […]

Apr 16th, 2020

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Strawberries, Raspberries, Melon and some memories

Have been greatly enjoying the first fresh fruit I have had in a long while. I normally eat loads of fruit and I was starting to think I was going to get scurvy! R ate one single strawberry. I don’t think this will do much for him but he is taking a vitamin tablet every […]

Apr 12th, 2020

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Primroses out

Saw the first primroses when out on a walk the other day and then sat out by Schrodi’s wee garden of remembrance for a while, just enjoying the sun and listening to the doves and buzzards. Thank God we are here where no one can come and persecute us. At least, I am sure they […]