a busy week

It has been one of those weeks. Our van was involved in an accident and had to be repaired; our roof guttering collapsed under the unusual weight of four feet of snow and had to be replaced, and some long-awaited deliveries have still not turned up due to weather-related delays. But it has been a…

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around the loch

The October weather continues to amaze. I think the landscape where we live perhaps looks its very best on a golden Autumn day. This is the morning view from our house, across the small loch which sits just behind us to the south. The loch supports an abundance of wildlife and is full of trout,…

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a chilly week . . . and a happy birthday

I’ve lived in Scotland for 16 years now, and can’t ever remember it being quite this wintery at the turn of May. These West Highland Way walkers got more than they bargained for anyone hoping for a bank holiday barbecue would have been sorely disappointed We found a wee snowman out in the hills And…

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sweet peas

When Tom and I first moved in together in the late 1990s, we rented a tiny house in Sheffield that we affectionately dubbed “claustrophobia”. The tiny house came with a tiny garden, and I cut out a section of turf there and planted sweet peas. In the Summer, there was always a bunch on the…

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