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May 27th, 2015

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Squirrel proof bird pole

Some time ago my Mum bought me a bird pole for a present. I’ve put it just outside the kitchen window and it has been a constant source of interest ever since. We’ve had a wider of variety of birds since we had it – we’ve started to have regular visits from siskins and occasional […]

May 25th, 2015

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Waiting for our visitors

We put our Midge Magnet machines out at the weekend and I noticed yesterday that they were starting to catch a few visitors. It is quite depressing really because although still pretty cold (hasn’t been above 10 degrees today for example) everything is starting to look very lovely (cherry blossom, bluebells, fresh green leaves on […]

May 11th, 2015

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Another house with visitors

A number of people locally have commented on how lucky R and I are to have all the wildlife in the garden. I actually think that it is not so much that we are lucky – as that most people in Lochgoilhead don’t know about the wildlife they have themselves because they are not seeing […]

May 4th, 2015

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Lochgoilhead Weather Page

A while ago R and I bought a Netatmo weather station. At the moment we have three modules – an indoors one (temperature, humidity, noise level, CO2), an outdoors one (Current temperature, max temperature in last day, min temperature in last day, humidity) and a rain gauge (rain in last hour, rain in last 24 […]

May 2nd, 2015

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Schrodi and the washing

There is something about cats and clean laundry. Yesterday I stripped the beds, washed the sheets and piled them on the bed ready to be ironed. I then went to have a break and a cup of coffee. Fifteen minutes later on my return Schrodi had found the pile of sheets and clothes and settled […]

Apr 28th, 2015

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Back to Winter

It needs to be seen to be believed, but on 28th April we are back to winter here in Lochgoilhead. On Sunday R and I had yet another go at Beinn Bheula only to give up before really getting on to the mountain proper because the weather had turned into a foul combination of rain, […]

Apr 24th, 2015

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Pine Marten and a dilemma

I was just getting ready to go out this morning when I glanced out of the kitchen window. There was a large pine marten sitting on the bird table eating peanuts. On the rare occasions I have seen him in the daytime before it has only been for a short time as the cats always […]

Apr 24th, 2015

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Cormonachan Woods Open Day

It was the open day at the Woodlands across the loch today, and in spite of warnings of rain today, in fact it turned out quite fine. I made a chocolate cake and some biscuits in the shape of red squirrels, both of which seemed to go down quite well. I took a few Surfaces […]

Apr 23rd, 2015

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Cuckoo Arrives on Loch Goil

My mum who lives near Dumfries reported that the cuckoo had arrived with her a few days ago. That is about one hundred miles south of us, so I was not surprised to hear them here today. All afternoon I was working in the garden with the cuckoo calling loudly in the background. I learned […]

Apr 19th, 2015

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Hard working Sunday

After my post yesterday about people putting their backs to the wheel, R and I had a busy day today as the time had come to deconstruct the huge greenhouse in the back garden. This is going to be erected on the Community Hub site and will hopefully be used to grow some food for […]