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Jun 8th, 2014

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Chilling out…

Friday was a really beautiful day here and for the first time since we have lived here I sat out on our veranda with a G&T and just looked at the garden and the mountains. Incredibly lovely – I can’t honestly imagine that anywhere could be a better place to be on a nice summer’s […]

Jun 5th, 2014

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From garden to lunch

In half an hour…. The featured image is of some of the first of the garden produce (spring onions, potatoes, herbs, peas), and the second picture is it turned into a variation on a very tasty River Cottage ‘Veg’ recipe – stuffed baked squash. I do have a squash plant (well three actually!) in the […]

Jun 3rd, 2014

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A Midge too far….

Well, I haven’t mentioned it up to now – but as well as its surpassing natural beauty, the Highlands of Scotland are famous for another piece of wildlife which no one is fond of – the infamous midge. I guess we knew that when we came to Lochgoilhead we were going to encounter it – […]

Jun 1st, 2014

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Cat meets Badger part 2

We caught an amusing moment on Shedcam the other night. One of our two snow Bengals, Tora made a spirited attempt at driving off a badger. Luckily for him, the badger seems completely indifferent to his efforts and just ignores him and trundles on to get stuck into his peanuts. Tora has been a bit […]

May 26th, 2014

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In which Marten nearly catches a squirrel

I don’t believe the fantastic week we have had for wildlife sightings here. First the otter – and then on Wednesday (when unfortunately we were out), our Marten visited for a lengthy period during the afternoon. He obviously came for a snack on the nuts, and then decided that he would have a try for […]

May 24th, 2014

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Amazing Otter shots

I was just idling flicking through the ‘shedcam’ videos yesterday when I saw something really interesting. While we must quite literally have been sitting in the kitchen having our breakfast, a large otter suddenly shot across the camera’s field of vision and disappeared through the fence. I was super glad to see it again because […]

May 22nd, 2014

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Bluebell Video

Back in March you may remember I did a video of our ‘back garden’ on one of the few days that it didn’t rain. Well to show the difference a few months can make – here is the same scene transformed in early summer. The colours of the bluebells and broom is fantastic – in […]

May 22nd, 2014

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Donich in Summer

For a blog that is supposed to be about our Donich Water – I don’t seem to have shown it much of late – so here it is in all the glory of early summer. It is actually remarkable how quickly it can rise and fall – last week it was a raging torrent, but […]

May 18th, 2014

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Now and in colour…

I’ve been hoping that with the ever shortening hours of darkness, we would be able to get some daylight video of our pine marten. We caught him having his nut snack early yesterday morning, and then to our surprise, my brother glimpsed him shooting past the patio windows at six in the evening the same […]

May 15th, 2014

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The first strawberries were ready today and very nice they were too. Coming back from Glasgow tonight and having a quick walk round the garden, I see that the whole wilderness area behind the cultivated garden is a mass of bluebells. It occurred to me looking at the pictures I had just taken of both, […]