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May 8th

2017

By donich_admin

Loudly sing Cuc-coo

I actually heard my first cuckoo of the year from Ben Lui last weekend, but today I heard the call from home for the first time in 2017. Also on the bird front, we still have two ducks visiting the pond which is unusual at this time of year although we generally only spot them […]

May 6th

2017

By donich_admin

Third time lucky – Ben Donich the back way

The standard way to climb Ben Donich is from the Rest and be Thankful.  This has the advantage of a path (and takes about 300m off the ascent) – but the distinct disadvantage from our point of view that it means having to get the car out (or a very long walk in) to climb […]

May 3rd

2017

By donich_admin

More wheat-free baking

After the revolting wheat free pastry I made the other day – I had another more successful attempt. This time – 150g Dove’s gluten free plain flour sifted with 1 heaped tsp xanthan gum.  Rub in 75g butter (or vegan margarine) until like breadcrumbs.  Then mix in a lightly beaten egg, and enough cold water […]

Apr 30th

2017

By donich_admin

New birds on the block

We get a lot of bird visitors here, but not that many different species (lots and lots, and dare I say it, lots) of chaffinches are our normal visitors – with these partially taken over by siskins in the summer.  So we were pleased to see a single goldfinch on the seeds a few days […]

Apr 30th

2017

By donich_admin

Ben Lui – what type of fun?

I’ve been told there are several types of fun:- Type 1 fun – you enjoy it at the time and it seems as though it was fun afterwards (e.g. Orient Express) Type 2 fun – it doesn’t seem so great at the time, but after it has finished you remember it as fun (e.g. BSides […]

Apr 28th

2017

By donich_admin

Flowers coming on strong

The primroses here last ages and are still going strong.  They seem to like the same areas as violets and are frequently mixed in with them.  Where the excavation work for the hydro was done last year along the waterfall path, the flowers are now taking over (thank goodness for nature). The bluebells are also […]

Apr 27th

2017

By donich_admin

Roe Deer

The little roes (stag and doe) have been around a lot recently.  The other day I opened the back door and the stag was sitting (sitting!) on the lawn looking at me in a relaxed fashion.  Unfortunately he was gone by the time I got the camera out. Then I saw the doe grazing not […]

Apr 25th

2017

By donich_admin

Where they sleep

Cats are strange creatures.  Tora hates his cat carrier with a passion when it is time to go to the vet.  But yesterday, having left it on the spare room bed, we found him sound asleep in it. Then there is Schrodi who thought it would be nice to sleep half in the bed, half […]

Apr 22nd

2017

By donich_admin

Beinn Vorlich

Another nice day today and R and I climbed Beinn Vorlich from Loch Sloy.  We had had a go at this one during our staycation in 2015, but a combination of driving rain and high wind defeated us.  Today it was a bit windy, but quite fair. There were some good views from the top, […]

Apr 22nd

2017

By donich_admin

Volcano time

I got another badge from Fitbit this week – they are few and far between now as I have all the easy ones and they are becoming increasingly difficult to get.  This one is for 500 flights of stairs (equivalent) in one day.