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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Oct 20th, 2017

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Two badgers fucking

This rather reminds me of an old joke. A native American goes to his shaman and asks him how he names the members of the tribe. He answers “Well my son, I look out from my wigwam in the morning and if I see a bird flying overhead I will name the child “Eagle Soaring” […]

Oct 18th, 2017

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Two Friends

My mum has an extensive collection of animals of various sorts and I have recently started buying her some “Charlie Bears” (although they are not all bears as you can see from the photo). There are several hundred different ones of these so I think if she gets them all she will need to move […]

Oct 17th, 2017

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A weird sun view

This was the sun over Lochgoilhead the other day – apparently Hurricane Ophelia had blown up a load of dust from the Sahara desert which caused the effect. It rather reminds me of the ominous line from the poem “a livid sky on London and they knew the end was near”.

Oct 12th, 2017

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A very fancy table

I made a very fancy dinner for my parents, R and J We started with a layered seafood cocktail. Then we had boeuf bourguignon with creamy potato mushroom nests, roast potatoes and ratatouille. We finished off with apple pie a la Donich tree because frankly I have to get some more of the apples disposed […]

Oct 9th, 2017

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Who ate all the pies?

I made a couple of pies yesterday. The one on the left looks a bit misshapen, but it was actually a very delicious cheese, potato and onion which R and I had for our supper last night. The one on the right is another one made with our endless apples which I will give to […]

Oct 6th, 2017

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Much Improved Cowal Way

A few weeks ago I went for a walk up Coilessan Glen along the route of the Cowal Way. I am not a fussy person with regard to getting my feet wet (let’s hope not as I am going to climb Mont Blanc next year) but it was really almost impassible even wearing full on […]

Oct 5th, 2017

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Another Fox and Badger Shot

I thought our poor little fox had been driven off by the fact that all the nuts had been eaten by badgers by 9pm every evening at the moment – but last night he was back and had a close encounter with one of the badgers. Click the picture to see the video The badger […]

Oct 2nd, 2017

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The prey of the Schrodi

For some reason Schrodi has always ‘liked’ toilet rolls. This one below was always my favourite as he has a sort of “and yes so what?” expression on his face. Today I went into the guest bathroom and noticed that he had found another instance of the toilet roll prey.

Sep 28th, 2017

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Hedgehog Family

Here are some rolls I made for the weekend in the shape of hedgehogs. They are filled with cheese, onion and bacon. Actually hedgehogs are one form of wildlife we don’t have here as they are not compatible with badgers which are the only creatures that can kill and eat them. We used to have […]

Sep 26th, 2017

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A Major Effort

R and I have decided to have a go at climbing Mont Blanc next year. This is the highest mountain in Europe at 4808m – so no minor challenge. As a preparation for it – we are going to climb Mount Tiede in Tenerife in January – this is a mere 3718m. I actually thought […]