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Oct 7th

2018

By donich_admin

New wildlife in the garden

The last two mornings I have been woken very early by a loud screeching sound. At first I thought it was badger related activity and in fact once went out for a look with a torch. But on investigation there was no sign of an animal. A little later, R and I were walking just […]

Oct 4th

2018

By donich_admin

Big Ted

When I was a child we had a special bear called “Big Ted”. He had a wife called “Koala” who for reasons I don’t recall came from Australia (strangely enough). He also had a number of friends including “Mrs Ted”, “Mrs Bun” and their children “Little Ted” and “Little Bun”. Poor old Big Ted was […]

Oct 2nd

2018

By donich_admin

Hamish the Coo

Earlier this year R and I ran a conference in Glasgow. One of our prizes which we handed out was a huge stuffed Heilan’ Coo which we christened “Hamish”. A little girl who had been attending with her father was very keen on winning it and we were delighted when in fact she did (quite […]

Sep 25th

2018

By donich_admin

Interesting Fungi

Don’t think I’ve ever seen such a rich collection of fungi as have appeared this year.

Sep 21st

2018

By donich_admin

Bit of a disastrous holiday

Our holiday didn’t turn out very well one way and another as we were hit with storm Ali. We went to Cawdor castle and although the building itself was very interesting, our walk afterwards was a disaster. We set out to walk on a five mile circuit round the estate in bright sunshine but at […]

Sep 16th

2018

By donich_admin

Bees like the Highlands

Nice to see that with the accounts of diminishing bee numbers that they seem to be thriving in the Highlands. Perhaps it is just that some of these places are a bit bleak, and where there is a nice walled garden with load of flowers, they take their opportunity where they can get it. The […]

Sep 15th

2018

By donich_admin

Oop North

R and I are on holiday this week – first of all up in the far north (staying near Dingwall), and then in Skye for a few days. We stayed at the Muckrack Country House hotel for one night to break the journey, and also so we could visit the Highland Wildlife park. We had […]

Sep 4th

2018

By donich_admin

Nuts (not whole) Hazel Nuts

Sad reference there to an old advertisement for chocolate. Ignore if under the age of 40. We have many, many hazel trees in our garden, and when we first moved here I was enthused by the idea of gathering them and using them in cooking. Also I’m very fond of them just as a munchie. […]

Sep 1st

2018

By donich_admin

In which R finds out what he doesn’t like best

I bought some spicy dried peas for myself at the weekend. As I didn’t eat them immediately, R purloined them and took them off to his office. I was in the kitchen and heard a loud strangled noise, which was vaguely reminiscent of the noise Tigger made in the story when he was trying to […]

Aug 31st

2018

By donich_admin

Goodbye to Summer

According to R, 31st August is the last day of summer. I’m not too convinced of this as around here we have plenty of days in October which are nicer than July. But anyway, as it was a nice(ish) day today, I went for a swim, probably the last of the year in “Golum’s Pool”. […]