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Nov 9th, 2013

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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

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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 […]

Nov 5th, 2013

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TARRAA!!

We have…. Badgers. Or one badger at least. We bated the camera trap with a load of peanuts and sure enough at about 9:30pm (must have been just after we turned the kitchen lights out) he came through the fence and had a good snuffle about. When he saw that the nuts were in the […]

Nov 3rd, 2013

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Life is full of….

Disappointments. The camera worked brilliantly – we could see little voles running about getting a few of the nuts, the wind moving the trees etc. All until about 1:30am when the picture mysteriously cut out. Two hours later it started recording again, but by then the cages had been torn out of the ground, the […]

Nov 2nd, 2013

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Cameras

So following on from the mysterious disappearing suet ball, we have decided to fit a couple of Webcams. One of them we will attach to our potting shed which is right next to the bird feeding area, and the other will go on the side of the summerhouse which is right next to the pond […]

Oct 31st, 2013

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Strangers in our Midst

We just acquired some suet balls which we thought the birds would like. According to the RSPB it is better to put them on the ground rather than hang them from the feeder, so we duly put them inside the cages in case the cats took an interest. The next day we found the cage […]

Oct 28th, 2013

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Feeding the Birds

When we arrived we discovered a load of empty bird feeders. The former occupants had obviously been feeding them – but I was in a bit of a dilemma as whether to continue with this, because we have two Bengal cats, one of which is a monster hunter. In the end I came to the […]

Oct 24th, 2013

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In which we arrive on the Banks of the Donich

Well, we have arrived at last. Not a series of events I want to ever go through again, but I suppose it illustrates some of the complications you can get when you aren’t buying a little box in a row of other boxes. As a refresher for anyone who hasn’t been reading this up to […]

Sep 14th, 2013

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Argyll Wildlife

Was having a look at a wildlife book to see what we can expect to see once we get out to Lochgoilhead. The vast majority of the ‘big attractions’ seem to be in the area – i.e. Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel, Wildcat, Pine Marten. Also there are red deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs sundry small rodents […]

Sep 14th, 2013

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Moving toward moving

We’re getting a bit closer to the big move now and went to see our new house today.  This time it was a beautiful day (not like when we decided to buy it when it was pouring with rain) and we actually saw the extent of our land for the first time.  There is way […]