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Sep 15th

2016

By donich_admin

Mouse on Mouse

I mentioned that Schrodi has suddenly developed a liking for bringing in field mice. Well unlike his usual short-tailed voles they are the proverbial bugger to catch (they almost seem to be able to teleport from one side of the room to another just when you think you have them cornered). The other day he […]

Sep 14th

2016

By donich_admin

Two Squirrels one Feeder

The more innocent readers may not get the reference in the title (don’t worry about it Mum)….. Anyway – these two squirrels were very funny. We have a new peanut feeder that they have had a bit of difficulty getting used to but finally seemed to have mastered. It is a deal bigger than the […]

Sep 11th

2016

By donich_admin

Wedding Cake

My sister-in-law V is getting married next month and I have volunteered to make the wedding cake. This is a bit of a challenge, because not only is V a vegan, but her fiancé A doesn’t eat carbohydrate. Try as I might, I cannot create anything which has any resemblance to a proper cake and […]

Sep 11th

2016

By donich_admin

Cnoc Coinnich and two mice

R and I went to climb Cnoc Coinnich again today as R hasn’t been up there since it ‘became’ a Corbett. Unfortunately, the weather, which had supposed to be ok until lunchtime, was decidedly not ok, and by the time we were at 500m the clag had come down and the wind had come up […]

Sep 6th

2016

By donich_admin

Jelly

After ‘panicking’ because someone was poaching all the brambles, the season got into full swing this week and there are actually so many now that twenty people could go at them without making a serious dent. It is really a shame because I have now made 18 small jars of jelly, have processed and frozen […]

Sep 3rd

2016

By donich_admin

Brambles

There are a lot of brambles (blackberries to southerners) around this area, and every year I make jelly from them, plus freeze several boxes for use over the year in assorted pies, crumbles etc. In previous years no one else seemed to have come after them much, with the exception of one elderly gentleman who […]

Aug 31st

2016

By donich_admin

No witches here…

We’ll be sorted against any witchcraft activity here this year – I have never seen anything like the rowan trees around the village. They are dripping with berries, to the extent that some of the branches are dragging down to the ground with the weight. I’ve never made any use of them in cooking myself, […]

Aug 30th

2016

By donich_admin

Back to normal

Well thank goodness that is all the excitement over with for the time being. Between work, new floors, visitors and R being away it has been chaotic here of late. So it was nice to have people, but also nice to get back to normal. I’m also going to do another “Clean” for the next […]

Aug 25th

2016

By donich_admin

Nice few days

I’ve been frantically busy over the past week. Firstly we were having the carpet in the hall replaced with wood flooring. The sales guy told us it would take “two days at most” but when the men turned up to install it, turned out that they thought it would take five. So I was all […]

Aug 14th

2016

By donich_admin

A la Recherche du pies perdu

In the rather turgid “A la Recherche du Temps Perdu” by Proust, the narrator dips a madeleine into a cup of tea and the smell and taste bring back a vivid memory of his childhood. I had a similar experience with a pie the other day (luckily it only has inspired me to write a […]