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Mar 21st, 2017

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Winter back today

The day before yesterday I was saying to R that the last of the snow was gone off the mountains here for the year.  How wrong could I be, because today it was back with a vengeance.  Down here at loch level it was only just cold enough to lie a bit in the back […]

Mar 9th, 2017

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Spring Flowers

The spring flowers are finally in bloom. Narcissi everywhere in the garden. One solitary snowdrop which has suddenly appeared by the fence – I’ve never seen one in our garden before and actually there aren’t that many in this area. Some pretty flowers which grow in the drive every year and which someone told me were […]

Feb 24th, 2017

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Spring is sprung?

I can’t make up my mind whether spring is here or not. Thick snow all over the mountains from about 200m today and going up the path to Beinn Donich the snow was so thick on the path that I wished I had put my new crampons on because it was seriously slippy.   But down […]

Jan 27th, 2017

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Nice walk today – but is spring on its way?

It was bitterly cold but sunny today, and as I wasn’t testing, I took myself off for a walk on my own. I went up round the back of Drimsynie and up on to the circular walk, then at the top of the hill, crossed to the higher path. This winds through the hills with […]

Mar 13th, 2016

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If I ruled the World…

Every day would be – well – like today, because I think I would call it the first day of spring proper in Lochgoilhead. I was reading somewhere that in Scotland the ‘real’ arrival of spring and summer are typically two to three weeks after the nominal ‘calendar’ start of the season. So 1st March […]

Feb 23rd, 2016

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Winter to Spring in a Day

This morning there was a thick layer of ice on the pond. The mountains were incredibly beautiful, white with snow down to about 300m, but pink as the dawn light hit them. Then this afternoon, I walked up to the waterfalls and stopped for a chat with a friend on the way back. Standing talking […]

Feb 21st, 2016

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Spring is springing

The weather here today was truly awful as only Highland weather can be. Grey with driving rain and a persistent wind. R and I had hoped to get a really good hill walk in, but instead, we had to content ourselves with our usual walk along the lochside. Nonetheless, spring is on its way. There […]

Feb 16th, 2016

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Snowdrops and Crocuses

Saw some lovely snowdrops on our walk this morning near the loch. They were all covered in frost, but they are tough little things and I am sure they’ll survive. Not so sure about the crocuses coming up at our front door however. Last year they were just opening up when some creature ate half […]

Mar 2nd, 2015

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In which I am wrong

Yesterday I added a comment to the ‘SeasonWatch’ section of this site to the effect that spring was a long way behind where it was this time last year. I based this on the fact that in early March 2014 the narcissi were out under the apple trees in the garden, whereas this year they […]

Feb 14th, 2015

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First Primrose

We saw the first primrose of spring this morning, not in our garden but in the woods near the loch in a very sheltered spot. Very appropriate for St Valentine’s Day.