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Jul 14th, 2014

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Life’s just a bowl of Cherries

Well cherries and other mixed produce. I’m picking a bowl of mixed edibles most days now. Today I got strawberries (the last of these now I think), raspberries, beans, potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes and quite a lot of cherries. For some reason the birds seem to have given up on them now and we are getting […]

Jul 11th, 2014

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A little piece of Paradise

I’ve rarely if ever seen anything quite as beautiful as Lochgoilhead today. The weather was perfect and I walked out along the loch side to get some provisions for a surprise barbeque to share with R. The pictures speak for themselves, but the weather was perfect, the Loch was blue and dotted with little yachts. […]

Jul 8th, 2014

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Some more wildlife

Good wildlife week here. The day before yesterday we saw our first otter in Loch Goil. Unfortunately it was too fast to get a photo. We’ve also seen quite a few seals there – mostly over on the Carrick side. We also saw the first lizard I have seen in Scotland out on the path […]

Jul 6th, 2014

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We’re starting to get fruit through from the garden now. We’ve had loads of strawberries – both the big ones I have been growing in the polytunnel – and now a sizable crop of tiny sweet wild ones. Against all expectation we also have quite a few cherries (I thought the birds would get them […]

Jul 4th, 2014

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Lovely night – shame about the Midgies….

About 10pm we noticed what a truly fantastic sunset we were seeing. R and I both went outside with our cameras to see what photos we could get. It was super-lovely for about 30 seconds before we were attacked by a ravenous cloud of insects – I haven’t seen anything like it since we were […]

Jul 1st, 2014

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Home sweet Home

Well we are back and it is certainly nice to be here. The cats have missed us and Tora in particular won’t let me out of his sight for more than five minutes in case I go away again. It was interesting to see a few differences between here and Cambridge (apart from the obvious […]

Jun 26th, 2014

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Down South….

Here we are down south. Cambridge is a pretty place, much as I remember it from my University days (late 80s). It always did have a faint air of being a parody of itself (all the high class shops trying to look as though they have been there since 1800 when in fact they were […]

Jun 19th, 2014

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Following on from my previous post

Bag all packed and clean, folded, ironed clothes placed in it. Reason for this being that last time we were going away, Schrodi slept on the clean folded ironed clothes and they had to be redone. Well this time that didn’t happen – Tora just cut out the middle man and slept in the bag […]

Jun 17th, 2014

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Wildlife Pond

We have a large pond (c. 4m across) in our garden. We’ve tried to make it a bit of a haven for local wildlife (or that’s my story for not keeping it well groomed anyway). We seem to have been pretty successful because it is a riot of colour and life at the moment. Three […]

Jun 10th, 2014

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Turnip for the books

When I was a child, my Grandfather (we called him ‘Pop’ because he hated the name ‘Granddad’) had an allotment style garden on their house in Dumbarton. I remember he grew two things I particularly liked – one of them was peapods (well obviously), and the other one was ‘snowball’ turnips. To my recollection, neither […]