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Aug 18th

2019

By donich_admin

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

By donich_admin

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 […]

Aug 10th

2019

By donich_admin

Nasty accident

I went out to feed the badgers late in the evening two days ago. It had been raining (as ever) and because the siskins make such a mess of the feeding area, the stones were really slippy. To cut a long story short I went arse over tit and have sprained my ankle. R is […]

Aug 7th

2019

By donich_admin

Too much stuff

Not in the six years I have lived here have I seen fruit like this. I’ve made 20 jars of plum jam already, and this is nothing on what is left on the plum tree or the millions of apples there are which will be ripe in a week or so. I’ve no idea what […]

Aug 4th

2019

By donich_admin

Jays, Seagulls and salmon sandwiches

We had a picnic yesterday which involved salmon sandwiches. Tora our one surviving cat was present and as an obligate carnivore devoured the contents of several salmon sandwiches, leaving the bread. I put this out on the feeding stone and shortly afterwards it was consumed by jays and seagulls. These jays are losing popularity with […]

Aug 3rd

2019

By donich_admin

Loch Swim

Well I managed the loch swim. It was not the easiest thing I have ever done, but not the most difficult either (that would have been climbing Teide). There were six of us doing it and every one apart from me seemed to be wearing a wet suit and/or have a floatation device. Not sure […]

Aug 1st

2019

By donich_admin

Plums and Flowers

The plum tree is loaded this year. Unfortunately just as they get ripe they are being attacked by something – I think the same jays as ate all the cherries. I am picking them as I can and will make them into jam but it is a shame as my father likes to eat them. […]

Jul 30th

2019

By donich_admin

Willow Tea Rooms

I had a rather mixed day yesterday. I was meeting my Mum, N and J to go to the newly set up “Mackintosh at the Willow” Tearooms in Sauchiehall Street. These are in the location of the original tearooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston. Firstly the A83 was as bad as I […]

Jul 29th

2019

By donich_admin

Nice little deer on the webcam

We saw a nice little deer on the webcam at about 6am. It was back and forward grazing on the bushes right under the camera.

Jul 28th

2019

By donich_admin

Cheese Souffle

I seemed to have an excess of eggs this week, so I made cheese souffle for lunch. This will annoy my Mum as it is her all time favourite. I will need to stop using the recipe I have for it though. It comes from a book which I won as a school prize in […]