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The View From Here…..

Hub and I are currently on holiday. We are staying in a cottage on the glorious Hebridean Isle of Skye in a very rural location.  This is exactly our kind of thing – total immersion in nature (with the luxury of a flushing loo!).  You can see part of our view from the above photo, complete with enigmatic barn, where swallows are currently nesting (though not for much longer, I would have thought).

Our bird watching tally yesterday was as follows:

  • Four sightings of golden eagles
  • a white tailed eagle
  • two ravens
  • three kestrels
  • a handful of swallows (probably just about enough to qualify for ‘a flight’)
  • three mistel thrushes
  • assorted small birds, most likely to be rock pipits

Not at all bad, considering we did not leave the property!

Perhaps not surprisingly, we have very limited wifi access. This blog will therefore be pretty quiet for the next few weeks, and I will not be able to respond to comments and engage with your blogs as quickly as I would normally like. Fear not though – I’ll be back in touch in due course. 🙂


August in Edinburgh Part 1 – Party Time!

Edinburgh is well and truly in full swing during this, our main festival month. The sun has been shining. Everyone is having a marvellous time. Here are a few shots which I hope give you a flavour of the atmosphere. Wish you were here?…..

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Despite all the crowds, it is still possible to find a few corners for a bit of quiet time.  Tourists and performers all need a bit of space…..

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And all the while, the city keeps on being timeless and breath-taking. How lucky we are to call it home! 🙂

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“Pick up the battle and make it a better world”

A few weeks ago, my nephew Mitchel was walking their small family dog, Barney (pictured here in all his cuteness).

They took their normal route around the village, which included walking through fields and woodland. Plenty of other dog walkers do the same in this beautiful part of England. Unfortunately, one of those walkers did not keep their dog properly under control and it attacked poor Barney, resulting in the need for a trip to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics to ward off infection. Perhaps more significantly, the episode traumatised Mitchel, causing him great distress and undermining his confidence in going out for a walk.

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Edinburgh Rhythms Old and New

Our wonderful city of Edinburgh has a clear and regular pulse.  It is known as ‘the festival city’ for good reason.  Throughout the year, you attend find major events of interest, covering everything from science to food and drink.

The summer is the busiest period, and it is around this time of year that Hub and I start gearing up for full entertainment immersion.

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‘Are You Interesting?’ – Painting on Paper Towels

‘Village People’ ©Ken Delmar

Here’s a charming addition to my recent collection of posts featuring paper artistry.

In this short film, artist Ken Delmar reflects on his life in the shadow of his father, Kenny Delmar, a famous 1950s stage and radio performer.

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A Fishy Tale (or is it?….)

A snapper of a story for you all today.  One that cod put a smile on your face.  I certainly haddock good laugh with it.

This is a film-maker Charlie Lyne’s attempt to plaice on record the truth about the historic opening of a Welsh ‘marina’.  To quote the film’s blurb:

“Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon’s grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale.”

Apart from being a wonderfully nostalgic look at British life 40 years ago, it is a charming and amusing john-dory.

I hake you like it as mullet I did! 😃🐡🐠🐟



Tennis Lessons: the benefits of failure

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

~ Samuel Beckett

I wrote in my last post about my latest knitting project.  A week on and it looks like this:

I am pleased with the handling of the yarn and the interesting but easy to knit pattern.  There is a problem, however.  It is coming up too small, and the ribbing is too tight for the main part of the knit.  Hmmmm.

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On and off the needles: I’ve got the knitting – bring on the tennis

The British summer is well and truly with us.  In the UK we have been in the throws of a heatwave.  But however warm it may be, it is never too hot to knit.

One particularly welcome aspect of the summer is the arrival of the tennis grass court season.  I love to watch tennis at any time of year, but there is nothing to challenge the supremacy of Wimbledon and the grass court tournaments which lead up to it.

I am a very happy bunny when I can knit in front of the tennis, as I was doing with the Aegon Championship last week at London’s Queen’s Club.

I took this opportunity to start a new knitting project.  I seem to have been working on scarves/shawls/wraps forever.  So I decided to cast on a little cotton bolero in this beautiful cornflower-blue yarn, which I bought from WoolWarehouse – I love the fact that the yarn arrives in this handy organza project bag (and yes, I know, I am easily pleased!).

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