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Apr 4th

2018

By donich_admin

Winter is back and a rant

Today is 4th April. Yesterday we had flakes of snow even at loch level, and at the top of the waterfalls it was snowing quite heavily. When we woke this morning, the weather was foul and the snow was back on Beinn Bheula from about 200m. Tonight it has cleared and it looks positively alpine […]

Apr 1st

2018

By donich_admin

Easter

Went to my parents’ new apartment in Helensburgh for Easter Sunday Lunch. We had a great meal (though my Mum did need to take a lesson from her head Chef – alias me – on timings). My Mum makes a truly great trifle. I brought an Easter basket with an Easter Bunny from Charlie Bears […]

Mar 31st

2018

By donich_admin

Weighing the feather of truth

Ancient Egyptian mythology stated that after death the soul would progress to the Hall of Truth, accompanied by Anubis, God of the Dead. There his heart would be weighed in a scale against the feather of truth. If his heart was lighter than the feather, he would proceed into an afterlife of bliss, if it […]

Mar 31st

2018

By donich_admin

A beautiful day

The weather has been very cold here with frost on the car nearly every morning. We haven’t had the threatened snow – although the mountains are still very white. R and I have reverted to 7am for our walks now it is light again and yesterday was very beautiful. At first the loch was entirely […]

Mar 27th

2018

By donich_admin

Highland Wildlife Park

My Mum and I went to the Highland Wildlife Park yesterday to do the Keeper for a day experience. I had had it planned for ages and it was purely fortuitous that the polar bear cub put in its first appearance the week before. We did see it in the distance, but they are (for […]

Mar 19th

2018

By donich_admin

El Tiede

Having done a lot of climbing in Scotland – I had the idea that R and I might climb Mont Blanc on a guided trip this summer. R was a bit worried he wouldn’t do well at altitude and the Mont Blanc trip is very expensive, so we thought we would book a quick cheap […]

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 […]