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Mar 17th

2014

By marionmccune

Climbing the Steeple

I’d had it in mind to climb Benn Donich on Sunday – it seems ridiculous that we have lived here for nearly six months and haven’t managed to get up ‘our’ mountain (well it is at the back of our house). But when we got up in the morning, it was a typical Goil day […]

Mar 14th

2014

By marionmccune

The Gardener

Two of the vegetable beds are fully dug now. I’ve not been getting on as fast as I would like because of having a lot on and it being generally backbreaking work of the sort that tends to get put to the back of the queue. I’ve done about half of bed three as well… […]

Mar 14th

2014

By marionmccune

De graz is Riz

Spring iz sprung, De graz iz riz, I wonder where de boides iz? De boid iz on de wing – Dats absoid; De wing iz on de boid. Which is just as much as to say that spring has now arrived. There will be bad weather to come I am sure – and we even […]

Mar 13th

2014

By marionmccune

Scouts and times past

Lochgoilhead is a major centre for the Scouting Association. They have a residential base here and their season seems to have started now because we have seen groups around over the last few weeks. Often I feel quite sorry for them because they are out canoeing and abseiling and having to be jollied along in […]

Mar 11th

2014

By marionmccune

One Misty Moisty Morning

I went for a walk early this morning. All this week the forecast had been promising a good day today – but at 7am it was really misty. So at sea (loch) level it was pretty misty.  Half a mile further on and into the forest and it was clearing as the path rose higher. […]

Mar 11th

2014

By marionmccune

Hebredian Princess

The weather was simply fabulous today. R and I walked out along the ridge behind the village and could see that there was a cruise ship in. The people on the ship really must have seen Lochgoilhead at its best – I’ve never really fancied a cruise on a big liner – but this one […]

Mar 10th

2014

By marionmccune

Contrary Cats

Nothing beats cats for contrary. Shut them out of a room and they want in, shut them in and they want out. Back before I was an experienced cat owner I used to buy them expensive toys only to have them ignore them in favour of the box they came in. Anyway – we can’t […]

Mar 9th

2014

By marionmccune

A Close Encounter of the Striped Kind

Last night I asked R to go and put some food out for our night time visitors while I made some coffee. More fool me because he was the lucky one – going round the corner of the house towards the shed, he heard a snuffling sound. Standing very still, a badger came right up […]

Mar 7th

2014

By marionmccune

Froggie would a Wooing go…

We now have a seriously large number of frogs coming out of hibernation and making the most of the spring (to put it politely). There is frog spawn in large quantities in the ditches, and every time I walk past our pool I can see the ripples as they swim for cover (don’t blame them […]

Mar 6th

2014

By marionmccune

Otter in our pool!

Today we had another major thrill. Our second webcam (after the success of ‘shedcam’) is ‘pondcam’ and this is where anyone following the blog will have seen the video of our heron. But I was never expecting to see the pictures we got from it this morning. About 4am a long sinuous creature swam rapidly […]