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Mar 15th

2018

By donich_admin

Some new birds and a rant

Don’t think the photo has taken very well as it was through the window, but we have recently acquired a much better variety of birds at our feeding area. When we first came here we got chaffinches by the score, along with assorted blue-tits, coal-tits and great-tits and not that much else. Two years ago […]

Mar 12th

2018

By donich_admin

They’re back again

Frog spawn everywhere again as usual at this time of year. Yesterday we watched two frogs locked together in connubial bliss on the grass near the pond and totally ignoring us. Unfortunately for them, the heron is also back and is taking its usual toll of the poor little slimies. Still, nature red in beak […]

Mar 12th

2018

By donich_admin

Mothers’ Day

Now my Mum and Dad are just down the road, I thought I would invite them over for Dinner on Mothers’ day. I decorated the room with flowers and balloons and the meal had a “pink” theme where I tried to make everything that colour. This was not entirely successful as I bought some salmon […]

Mar 8th

2018

By donich_admin

Funniest thing ever

My Mum is coming over for Mothers’ day and I set a nice bed for her up in our spare room with ironed sheets and a rose on the pillowcase. I also put an ironed towel down for her at the bottom of the bed. Unfortunately then I did not close the door properly and […]

Mar 1st

2018

By donich_admin

Welcome to the first day of Spring

R says the first day of spring is 1st March. I say it is 21st April. Today I think I am somewhat justified as we have a load of snow, and by the look of it more to come. This has definitely been the most severe winter since we moved here. Actually I quite like […]

Feb 26th

2018

By donich_admin

The big, big cake

R and I are running a conference in Glasgow during April and we are having a competition involving a cake. This is one very serious cake as it is designed to serve 300 people. This is one of the four layers – my Mum made me laugh when she said it looked like a rug! […]

Feb 20th

2018

By donich_admin

Done something very stupid

I was clearing the loft out having acquired a very expensive skip on the basis it was better to do that than to have to be driving backwards and forwards to the tip in Helensburgh all the time. Our loft is only partially floored and carrying a box of books (I don’t use paper books […]

Feb 14th

2018

By donich_admin

A Valentine

The cats and I gave R a home made valentine today. One side was from me with a Burns poem…. A Red, Red Rose O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,  That’s newly sprung in June:  O my Luve’s like the melodie,  That’s sweetly play’d in tune.  As fair art thou, my bonie lad,  So deep in luve […]

Feb 14th

2018

By donich_admin

Back to winter again

Here was R and I thinking spring was on its way. Unfortunately not as we have both had the back breaking task of clearing the 72m drive up to our house of snow twice in the last week. The poor little plants which had just poked their heads above ground have all been withered back […]

Feb 4th

2018

By donich_admin

The Clan Chieftain

Yesterday we went to an excellent Burns Supper in the village hall. R was in full highland dress and I wore my clan (Graham through my mother) plaid with a pin. Today Schrodi decided to usurp the plaid which I foolishly left lying over the back of the chair, and has decided to be Clan […]