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Jan 25th

2020

By donich_admin

Burns Night

In honour of Burns night, Tora bought R a bottle of whisky with one of his favourite things on the lable. Here is the poem the cats wrote about it last year. Sadly nostalgic as it is coming up for a year since Schrodi died. Wee Sleeket cowran tim’rous beastie How we’d love to catch […]

Jan 21st

2020

By donich_admin

Beautiful Sunset

Fantastic sunset last night – possibly the most beautiful we have ever seen. Apparently the same all over Scotland but unfortunately back to dreich today.

Jan 18th

2020

By donich_admin

High tide in the Loch

Super high tide the other day with seaweed nearly up to the door of the post office. Not quite as bad as a few years ago when the main road was closed due to bad weather and I had to go to Glasgow via Dunoon on the ferry. There was seaweed and stones thrown up […]

Jan 16th

2020

By donich_admin

Proof for the RSPB

I have just signed up for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. I do it every year and it always makes me laugh because when I say how many chaffinches I am looking at, the website always thinks I am making a typo when I say 50+ “Are you really sure you can see that many […]

Jan 13th

2020

By donich_admin

Not doing this again in a hurry

Late last year I laid a new floor in our dining room. It was backbreaking work taking several days and I promised myself I would not be doing any more flooring work as although I am (reasonably) good at doing it, I don’t really have the right specialized tools for the job. But then at […]

Jan 8th

2020

By donich_admin

Eating us out of house and home

I just can’t believe how much the birds are eating at the moment. They have two large feeders which hold about 1kg of food and they are emptying them at least five times a day. They would empty them a lot more than that if R and I let them. Unfortunately the delivery of the […]

Dec 30th

2019

By donich_admin

Robin Box

We have at least four robins in the garden at the moment, and got a Christmas present of a nesting box for them. We put it up today, but how we can ensure that only robins (rather than sparrows or blue tits) nest in it, I do not know. It looks nice though. Let’s see […]

Dec 27th

2019

By donich_admin

Dobbin

The picture is of Dobbin. He was my push on horse when I was a child, but some time in the late 70s he started to deteriorate after much love with his stitching coming undone. Also my brother in his wisdom decided to remove his wheels, so he was left with struts of metal protruding […]

Dec 25th

2019

By donich_admin

Merry Christmas

A great Christmas was had by all. We had a Lebanese buffet on Christmas Eve (unfortunately my picture of it did not come out). Tora wore his bow tie. Then we had a Christmas competition which R ended up winning slightly ahead of N. On Christmas day we had presents (R bought me a Surface […]

Dec 22nd

2019

By donich_admin

How to do a synopsis

I’ve read more than my fair share of 19th and 20th century novels. Quite a lot of them are unnecessarily verbose – but for real verbal diarrhoea – you can’t beat Charles Dickens. This for example is the opening page of “Bleak House”. The synopsis is at the bottom, and I must say that with […]