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Jan 12th

2014

By marionmccune

Soup

Every lunchtime I make soup.  Note I said ‘I’ because cooking isn’t something R does.  For the cost of one carton from the chill cabinet in the supermarket you can make an enormous pot which will do at least three sets of lunches for the two of us.   Really easy to make and combined with […]

Jan 11th

2014

By marionmccune

Mobile Coverage in Scotland

The mobile phone coverage in Scotland really really sucks.  When we moved house I had to move from my old provider – 3 to Vodafone because there is literally no 3 coverage within about 20 miles of the house.  In fact to actually get my PAC code to move my number we had to drive […]

Jan 10th

2014

By marionmccune

Seed buying

We went to the Garden Centre the other day and selected a load of different seeds (a mix of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit).  It is amazing to think what we will be able to be eating in six months time for such a small financial investment – assuming of course that I am able […]

Jan 7th

2014

By marionmccune

A Wish fulfilled

I was looking at some of our Webcam footage late last night and nearly fell out of my chair.  We have a large nut feeder over the fence, and at 10pm (while we would have been sitting in the lounge), a cat sized creature with a pointed muzzle, long tail and white breast emerged from […]

Jan 5th

2014

By marionmccune

Preserved Lemons

I made preserved lemons today for the first time with all the lemons left over from Christmas.  Basically you sterilize a large jar, and then slice as many spare lemons as you have vertically into six to eight pieces each.  Put a layer of salt into the jar and then put in the lemons a […]

Dec 10th

2013

By marionmccune

What we carry….

I had an interesting (well perhaps) thought the other day.  It was related to what in the tech line I would carry about with me if (for example) I was going away on a two day trip – business or pleasure – and how this has changed over the years. So 1992 – I am […]

Nov 22nd

2013

By marionmccune

Poo

I was reading more on Pine Martens the other night.  One fact I didn’t know is that although they eat red squirrels, their presence deters the spread of greys because they are better at catching them than they are the reds.  Another fact I didn’t know is that they have distinctive faeces which are black […]

Nov 12th

2013

By marionmccune

Mobbed

There is a huge buzzard lives in the vicinity – we often see it swoop over the path when we are walking around the Donich circular.  I always remember the old adage that if you are not sure whether you have seen a buzzard or an eagle – you have seen a buzzard.  Today it […]

Nov 9th

2013

By marionmccune

Oh Oysters, come and walk with us…

For my birthday I am taken to the Loch Fyne Oyster bar which is just in the next valley (what are these sea loch valleys called in mainland Scotland? In Shetland they call them ‘voes’). I have never been to the actual restaurant before – although I have sampled the oysters and prawns when the […]

Nov 6th

2013

By marionmccune

Snow

This morning is clear and crisp which makes a nice change after the near constant rain since we moved in. The mountains behind the village are white with snow although there is nothing on the ground down here. We have been told that the winters here are warm and wet – with the lack of […]