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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Dec 2nd, 2017

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Some of my bakes

After years of being a devoted follower, I finally decided to apply for the GGBO. Here are a few pictures of my bakes, all arranged on our tea-table with the best china. I actually got a call from Love Productions and they said that I had got to the next stage – so here is […]

Nov 27th, 2017

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Funny place to choose….

Earlier today Tora was on top of the microwave – this I can understand as there was chicken cooking in it. But why would he go here…. “I’m in your comms cabinet, speeding up your Internet”

Nov 24th, 2017

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Winter Wonderland

Woke up this morning to find that it is snowing at loch level for the first time this year. Normally I love snow, but my mum and her friend were supposed to be coming for lunch today and I had made loads of food. One look at the web cam on the Rest though and […]

Nov 23rd, 2017

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In London

Quick visit to London to attend a reception with R who has been awarded a Crest Fellowship. Here he is getting his award from Ian Glover the head of Crest. This is quite an honour and is due to the fact that he has passed a top professional exam three times in a row. There […]

Nov 19th, 2017

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Beinn an Lochain

Unusually for a Sunday, it was a beautiful day today, and R and I climbed Beinn an Lochain (the mountain just to the right as you turn off the A83 towards Lochgoilhead). It was very frosty underfoot, and as we got higher we had to walk alongside the path, as the path itself was just […]

Nov 18th, 2017

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Run up to Christmas

I’ve not been quite as organized as I might have been this year – largely due to pressure of work. I suddenly realized this week that Christmas was creeping up on me and I had done nothing. So during the course of the week I’ve ordered a few presents and some food – and today […]

Nov 16th, 2017

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Some visitors

We noticed these gentlemen in a field near Drimsynie – they are not natives of Argyll – unless I miss my guess they are belted Galloways from ‘down south’. They must be up here paying a visit to their northern friends the Heilan’ Coos which were placidly sharing the same field. They gave us a […]

Nov 14th, 2017

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We went to visit my sister in law V and her partner on Sunday. They live in Alloa, not far from the Ochils. On the way there I was poo pooing them to R as it was a lovely day and I thought we would have been better off them coming to us and going […]

Nov 11th, 2017

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Hot, hot, hot

R was away in Manchester for a couple of days doing a training course. As a nice surprise for him I made a huge curry with naan bread, but by the time he came home he was too tired to eat. We were visiting my parents briefly the next day on our way to Glasgow, […]