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May 14th, 2014

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Big City Blues

R and I are on site with a customer in Glasgow this week. Really sad to have to leave at dawn and not back until 7pm. Then by the time we have eaten and I have watered the poly tunnel – it is time to go to bed for a 5:30am start. So not seeing […]

May 10th, 2014

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Yesterday we acquired some gates for our garden. We’ve thought since we moved in that the driveway looked oddly incomplete without something as a demarcation between the garden and the track. Also there was the incident of the ‘Donich three’ (our repeat sheep visitors) and a large dog which we briefly saw on the shedcam […]

May 7th, 2014

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Time for Reflection

Today I walked slowly round the garden (in the light rain) and just looked at everything that has come through, and all the changes since the depth of winter. I then took some photos to remind me come next year of what things should look like come May. The water lilies and irises are coming […]

May 6th, 2014

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What flowers…

I’ve never seen anything like the rhododendrons (I’m glad IE knew how to spell that because I didn’t) in Lochgoilhead. There is everything from enormous tree sized ones in the Arboretum to tiny delicate ones no bigger than a house plant. The colours of them are stupendous, from purple to pink to cerise to cream […]

May 4th, 2014

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Grandma’s Griddle

Last time my Dad was here I made some griddle scones for his birthday. I’d never made them before and they turned out ok – but got a bit burned because the best thing I could find to cook them on was my paella pan. Although it is large and flat – not being designed […]

May 1st, 2014

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Cat meets Badger

I caught this little encounter (click image above for video) on the webcam from last night. Obviously the badger is not phased out by its meeting with Schrodi, and Schrodi (whilst clearly not thrilled) is not terrified either.

May 1st, 2014

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I tawt I taw a puddy Tat

We have just seen a large orange cat calmly make its way out of the woods behind the house and saunter over to the front garden where it spent some time in the heather contemplating its next move before heading off through the fence towards the river. In the direction it came from there is […]

Apr 30th, 2014

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Everything in the Garden….

The garden is really coming on in force now. We’ve been away for under 48 hours on a trip to London and there have been so many changes in that time I can hardly believe it. In the cultivated formal garden to the front of the house, the two magnolia trees are out. The pieris […]

Apr 16th, 2014

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In which we meet a new addition to the Donich Wildlife

Right in the middle of the road outside – what should there be but a newt. They are supposed to be nocturnal and shy, but this fellow was up and about in the middle of the day and didn’t seem very scared of us. I was concerned that he might get run over so I […]

Apr 10th, 2014

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In which we meet Marten face to face

Another big night for wildlife here. Firstly – we finally saw our friend the pine marten in the flesh for the first time. He seems to have been visiting the feeder much earlier – around 9pm rather than 2am, and last night I just glanced out of the window and there he was – this […]