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Mar 11th, 2014

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One Misty Moisty Morning

I went for a walk early this morning. All this week the forecast had been promising a good day today – but at 7am it was really misty. So at sea (loch) level it was pretty misty.  Half a mile further on and into the forest and it was clearing as the path rose higher. […]

Mar 10th, 2014

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Contrary Cats

Nothing beats cats for contrary. Shut them out of a room and they want in, shut them in and they want out. Back before I was an experienced cat owner I used to buy them expensive toys only to have them ignore them in favour of the box they came in. Anyway – we can’t […]

Mar 9th, 2014

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A Close Encounter of the Striped Kind

Last night I asked R to go and put some food out for our night time visitors while I made some coffee. More fool me because he was the lucky one – going round the corner of the house towards the shed, he heard a snuffling sound. Standing very still, a badger came right up […]

Mar 7th, 2014

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Froggie would a Wooing go…

We now have a seriously large number of frogs coming out of hibernation and making the most of the spring (to put it politely). There is frog spawn in large quantities in the ditches, and every time I walk past our pool I can see the ripples as they swim for cover (don’t blame them […]

Mar 6th, 2014

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Otter in our pool!

Today we had another major thrill. Our second webcam (after the success of ‘shedcam’) is ‘pondcam’ and this is where anyone following the blog will have seen the video of our heron. But I was never expecting to see the pictures we got from it this morning. About 4am a long sinuous creature swam rapidly […]

Mar 3rd, 2014

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What a beautiful day….

 Today was truly lovely (well it had a Goil moment at lunchtime and rained for half an hour but we will forgive it that).  R and I walked up to the waterfalls and for the first time you could really smell spring in the air.  On the way back the Highland cows had colonized the […]

Feb 25th, 2014

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After an inauspicious start to yesterday – it got out quite nice in the afternoon. Walking around the garden, various flowers are just on the point of bursting out of their buds – particularly narcissi, of which we have hundreds.  But there are also primroses unfurling on the bank by the polytunnel where I can see from the leaves that […]

Feb 19th, 2014

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The heron we saw the other day seems to be making a pitch for our pond (or minature loch).  There are several small islands in the middle, and it is visiting one of them for an hour or two every morning.  When it sees us coming it flies off and returns to stalking down the ditch […]

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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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 […]