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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Jul 10th, 2018

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Biblical Reference

I’ve just spent every spare minute for the last few days doing up my bedroom – hence not many blog posts. Here are some of the results – completely finished now apart from a new rug I am still waiting for. Plus a local craftsman is not only going to repair our summerhouse door which […]

Jun 26th, 2018

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And then there were none

I’ve been closely observing our cherry tree over the last few days as it is getting round to the right time for it delivering some fruit. Yesterday there were four large cherries at the front of the tree which were very nearly ripe, and many more just coming up for being ready for picking. I […]

Jun 21st, 2018

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A Cat Poem

Schrodi and Tora Schrodi and Tora went up the hill To fetch some juicy fodder. Two voles appeared as quick as quick Straight to the waiting marauder. So up Schrodi shot without a thought And grabbed the poor wee beastie, Then vole in mouth into the house Went off to show his feastie. So up […]

Jun 21st, 2018

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Freezer disaster

I probably shouldn’t have done this – but I thought it would be a nice surprise for my Mum if I ordered her a new freezer. I can tell you that I will not be ordering from Curry’s again any time soon because they managed to screw the whole thing up and send a fridge/freezer […]

Jun 17th, 2018

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Another Poem from the Cats

The cats wrote another poem for my Mum to cheer her up. They said they made it up entirely themselves, but I have a strange feeling I have heard bits of it before. To A Mouse Wee Sleeket cowran tim’rous beastie How we’d love to catch and eat you. If I were you I set […]

Jun 15th, 2018

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My Mum will be sorry to be missing this

As I said in an earlier post, my Mum unfortunately broke her leg while she was in Italy. She is recovering well but can’t drive yet so she can’t get over to Lochgoilhead. I don’t want to tantalize her too much – but last night we had her all time favourite. A cheese soufflé with […]

Jun 11th, 2018

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Highland Flowers

Amazing weather here although unfortunately our usual plague of midgies has now arrived right on time. Apparently most places have lost a lot of wild flowers due to intensive agriculture but no sign of that here. The sides of the roads are a veritable riot of colour (could be the tangle of the Isles!) The […]

Jun 8th, 2018

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Unusual Pub Accessory

My friend J and I went for a day out in Helensburgh earlier this week. The weather was brilliant, and after we had had lunch at Cattle and Creel (very good food BTW) and I had had my hair cut, we reconvened in the Clyde Bar on the seafront. This didn’t look that salubrious from […]

Jun 4th, 2018

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An Interesting but tragic story

My Mum has related to me the story of what happened during the Clydebank/Dumbarton blitz. This always seems to me to get missed out of the story of the Second World War suffering of civilians, with all the emphasis being on London, Coventry etc. Anyway, the story is that on 9th May 1941 my Mum’s […]

May 29th, 2018

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Beautiful Weather

The weather here for the last week has been so warm and sunny I can hardly believe it. Certainly nothing like the Argyll we are used to. For me it is too hot though, and I did notice yesterday afternoon that our friends the midgies were starting to turn up. Having said this – the […]