countryside

We found out we were pregnant shortly after getting the keys to The New House (which is over a year now, so I should probably just start referring to it as The House). I was excited about the idea of exploring the woodland with a child; collecting conkers and identifying mushrooms and kicking leaves and …

The View From The Pram Read More »

Today, the first Sunday in May, is International Dawn Chorus Day. This day is an annual celebration of the peak of the spring dawn chorus symphony. All over the country there are early morning walks and events planned to celebrate the most magical of natural phenomenon. From 4am the countryside wakes up, one species of …

The Wren: Small but Mighty Read More »

One thing we were delighted to discover when we moved into The New House was that the peanut feeders in the garden were frequented by nuthatches. They are a bird I’ve always admired but not known a great deal about so I decided to do some research. Here’s what I learnt: Nuthatches seldom travel far …

The New House Has Nuthatches Read More »

You know those days at work when you have a billion important work tasks to do (like preparing for Scotland’s Trade Fair this weekend) but instead you manage to sketch a cheeky beaver called Walter? I’m having one of those. I’m very excited that beavers are now colonising the UK. Seeing a beaver in the …

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This is the time of year – in the midst of the peak autumn glory – that I start to think about hibernating.  I feel the creeping darkness shortening the day, the cold wind nips at my ears, and I have to scrape the car windscreen for the first time since last winter.  I take …

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I am writing this month’s edition of the Wildlife blog from a very windy isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.  I’m here for a week with Ross & Buddy Dog.  We drove up through Skye which was showing signs of autumn colours: crispy brown ferns, swathes of faded bownish-purple heather across mountain-sides, slate grey …

September Wildlife: What To Look Out For in Nature This Month Read More »

    Tomorrow we say goodbye to our happy little house on Teapot Street and move to a new (bigger…) house.  Even though I know it’s the right decision and I’m very excited about New House, I’m still sad to leave the cottage.  We’ve been so happy there over the last 4 and a half …

Leaving Teapot Street Read More »

The countryside starts to look a little untidy in August.  The long grasses of July have grown heavy with seed-heads and over-estimated their strength.  They flop about and fall over like unruly drunks.  Buddy’s coat is full of grass seeds and sticky-willys.  He likes to pull the sticky-willys from his coat with his teeth, eat …

August Wildlife: What to Look Out For in Nature This Month Read More »

The last week of June was absolutely scorching here in the Scottish Borders.  The Birdhouse, my little studio, was swelterama so I retreated indoors to work. I’ve been keeping the top half of the stable door in the kitchen open so I can watch the constant too-ing and fro-ing of the swallows to their nest …

July Wildlife: What to look out for in nature this month Read More »

Two weekends ago I spent the weekend in Pittenweem with my sister & the dog. The plan was to spend two full days walking sections of the Fife Coastal Path but it rained a month’s worth of rain on the Saturday. I discovered very quickly that my new bee-print raincoat isn’t waterproof in the slightest …

The Fife Coastal Path (remembering why walking is great) Read More »

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