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Mar 21st, 2014

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When Cat meets Pine Marten…

Since before we moved here I have been a bit worried about the cats and some of the wildlife we have here. Although I have joked a lot about Tora having a girlfriend he can’t bring home because she is a Pine Marten, I did have it at the back of my mind how awful […]

Mar 19th, 2014

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And then there were none…

As suddenly as they appeared – in one day all the frogs have departed.  Where last week there was a writhing mass of slimy bodies ‘revelling in the joys of fornication’ now there is only a great mass of frogspawn.  Let’s hope we get a decent crop of froglets which will eat some of the […]

Mar 18th, 2014

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Food Glorious Food

We’ve certainly changed our shopping patterns a lot since we moved here. Generally for the better I will say because when we lived in Livingston we were constantly in and out of the local shops. There was rarely a day that we didn’t walk past the Co-op and buy lunch – which was nearly always […]

Mar 17th, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]