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”

There used to be two highland tigers inhabiting this particular patch of Argyll. Very sadly one passed on recently – the picture shows our remaining snow Bengal who at the age of sixteen is still managing to catch a decent number of rodents every week.

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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Feb 24th, 2021

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Managed to get my oven repaired

The poor engineer had to come over in the Dunoon ferry due to those idiots closing the road again. I am not an engineer but I honestly believe that this idiotic digging of pits has just destabized the whole thing and made matters a whole lot worse than it was before they started. If we […]

Feb 11th, 2021

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Food from Argyll

I just got an order from Array Fish from Inveraray. When they started delivering it was just Fish, but now they are doing all kinds of other stuff including vegetable boxes and organic local milk. The Argyll economy could frankly use a major boost after all this nonsense has gone on so I am supporting […]

Feb 2nd, 2021

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My Highly Privileged upbringing

R accused me of having a privileged up bringing. So just to set the record straight. My grandparents on my mother’s side lived in a one room tenement in Dumbarton. My grandfather was a builder’s labourer. In the 1930s he would need to get up every morning and see whether there had been frost. If […]

Jan 21st, 2021

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Another pet hate

Another feature of modern life which I frankly detest. The word for a dramatist of the female gender is “actress” A male police person is a “police man” and a female one is “police woman”.

Jan 13th, 2021

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Bought some seeds

Between Brexit and Covid it is not looking that good for fresh food for summer. So I have bought some heritage carrot and beetroot seeds. I am going to plant them in some raised beds as I had no luck with planting stuff in the main garden as it was immediately attacked by wireworms. I […]

Dec 27th, 2020

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Starting posting again

Afraid I haven’t posted for a while but I am going to get back into it now. I’ve not been very well and those total idiots in the government gave me a huge extra piece of work to do. Basically I had booked a lovely little lodge at Drymsynie for my parents and brother. At […]

Dec 1st, 2020

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Sadly have to give up on ASDA

Very sorry to do this because it was me that asked them to deliver in the first place. But they need to come via the A83 which looks as though it will be shut for the foreseeable future. This is a national disgrace and I don’t know what I am paying my taxes for. I’ve […]

Nov 23rd, 2020

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Poena cullei

This is what in Roman times they used to do to people who killed their parents. According to Cicero… He doesn’t mention the animals sewn into the sack but apparently it was generally a dog, snake, monkey, and a chicken or rooster, “They therefore stipulated that parricides should be sewn up in a sack while […]

Nov 12th, 2020

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Christmas Presents

R and I have asked people to keep to a minimum of presents this year. I would like a little glass animal (I have a collection) and R would like a bottle of whisky. The balance of what people would have spent I have asked them to donate to either the Cats’ protection or the […]