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Aug 14th, 2019

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The tyranny of the fruit tree

I have worked my fingers to the bone over our plum tree this year. So far I have made 35 jars of jam 2 pies 3 crumbles Happily our local Church have taken most of the jam, our courier driver has taken a crumble and one jar of jam, and my parents have taken four […]

Aug 10th, 2019

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Nasty accident

I went out to feed the badgers late in the evening two days ago. It had been raining (as ever) and because the siskins make such a mess of the feeding area, the stones were really slippy. To cut a long story short I went arse over tit and have sprained my ankle. R is […]

Aug 7th, 2019

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Too much stuff

Not in the six years I have lived here have I seen fruit like this. I’ve made 20 jars of plum jam already, and this is nothing on what is left on the plum tree or the millions of apples there are which will be ripe in a week or so. I’ve no idea what […]

Aug 4th, 2019

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Jays, Seagulls and salmon sandwiches

We had a picnic yesterday which involved salmon sandwiches. Tora our one surviving cat was present and as an obligate carnivore devoured the contents of several salmon sandwiches, leaving the bread. I put this out on the feeding stone and shortly afterwards it was consumed by jays and seagulls. These jays are losing popularity with […]

Aug 3rd, 2019

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Loch Swim

Well I managed the loch swim. It was not the easiest thing I have ever done, but not the most difficult either (that would have been climbing Teide). There were six of us doing it and every one apart from me seemed to be wearing a wet suit and/or have a floatation device. Not sure […]

Aug 1st, 2019

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Plums and Flowers

The plum tree is loaded this year. Unfortunately just as they get ripe they are being attacked by something – I think the same jays as ate all the cherries. I am picking them as I can and will make them into jam but it is a shame as my father likes to eat them. […]

Jul 30th, 2019

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Willow Tea Rooms

I had a rather mixed day yesterday. I was meeting my Mum, N and J to go to the newly set up “Mackintosh at the Willow” Tearooms in Sauchiehall Street. These are in the location of the original tearooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston. Firstly the A83 was as bad as I […]

Jul 28th, 2019

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Cheese Souffle

I seemed to have an excess of eggs this week, so I made cheese souffle for lunch. This will annoy my Mum as it is her all time favourite. I will need to stop using the recipe I have for it though. It comes from a book which I won as a school prize in […]

Jul 26th, 2019

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Another scary experience

I have to say that this has been the week for scary things. I went into our tractor shed to get the lawnmower out, and there was a wasps nest the size of my head in the corner. No idea where this came from as it wasn’t there when R mowed the lawn last week. […]