A fine summer’s day with Beinn Bheula wearing a hat of clouds against the sun.

Beinn Donich (“Brown Hill”) is a vast bulk looming over Loch Goil.  The views from the summit are superb.

With the spring, pale yellow primroses appear, lining every roadside and bank.

At dawn and dusk on clear days the sky is a riot of colours above Beinn Bheula – every shade in one day from pink, to yellow, to purple, to grey, to red.  I wish I had the skill to paint it…

A heron waits for his prey at the edge of Loch Goil around dawn

The local “Heilan’ Coos” look a bit fearsome but are actually the most placid animals you can imagine

Looking out over the Donich towards the Rest and be Thankful on a summer’s day.

Red squirrels are common here….

On calm days the loch is a perfect mirror of the sky

“The lonely boat tethers once and for all my homeward thoughts”

Two highland tigers inhabit this particular patch of Argyll….

Although we don’t get much snow at loch level, the higher mountains are covered for five months or so of the year


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Aug 20th, 2017

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New visitor to the feeding area

For the last couple of weeks I have been catching sight of a raptor around the bird table. Unfortunately it is very shy and disappears every time I am starting to take my camera out – however my friend J has done better than me and managed to get some photos while he was looking […]

Aug 13th, 2017

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On Saturday R and I went to Kilmarten and had a look at some of the ancient monuments associated with the Kingdom of Dalriada. This has a particular resonance for me as one of my favourite books is Rosemary Sutcliffe’s “Mark of the Horse Lord”, which is set in Argyll during the late Roman period […]

Aug 11th, 2017

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How do you like them apples?

The apple trees in the back garden are now laden with apples – definitely the best year for them since we have been here – and somewhat makes up for the total absence of any plums. Unfortunately, the family of jays which I strongly suspect of having stripped the cherry tree of fruit back in […]

Aug 8th, 2017

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Badger Cake

This is the birthday cake I made for my friend J. It is based on an old Internet meme involving badgers, mushrooms and a snake. Too many drugs – or perhaps you just needed to be there at the time. The badgers were made by me from fondant icing and are each carrying a flag […]

Aug 4th, 2017

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There must be a story here….

R and I were walking down the Donich waterfall path the other morning, when we saw what looked like a lost hat that had been placed on a post (presumably for the owner to see it there if they came back looking for it). However, when we got a bit closer, we noticed that it […]

Aug 1st, 2017

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Mountain in the mist

It has been terribly, terribly wet here – definitely the worst July we have had since we lived here (and seems like the worst I can remember ever). The weather does from time to time generate some nice views, like this one out to Stob an Eas the other night. There is something almost primeval […]

Jul 29th, 2017

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Cheese and Ham Plait

I made a rather nice lunch on Saturday. I’ve become a bit of a fan of different breads – so this was my take on a stuffed plait. Make a basic white bread dough with 700g flour and prove until doubled in size (you could make a yeast sponge to get it started off if […]

Jul 24th, 2017

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Amazing Summer’s Afternoon

I finished up early today and went for a walk as it was the nicest day we have had all summer. I went all the way to Coran Lochan at the end of the penninsula, and then back along the side of Loch Long, over the 500m pass at Coilessan back to the waterfalls and […]

Jul 23rd, 2017

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Sheep Rescue

Today R and I saved our second sheep of the year (back in Feb we pulled one out of a frozen ditch after it got its leg stuck). Early this morning, we set off to do a climb, but when we got to the Rest we realized that the weather was not going to be […]

Jul 21st, 2017

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Goodbye to Mossdale

My Mum and Dad retired to the tiny hamlet of Mossdale about 10 miles from Castle Douglas. With the passing years the garden has got too much for them, and they don’t see as much of my brother N and I as they would want as it is a long and awkward journey from LGH […]