summer

My bird of the month for July is the dipper.  I wanted to chose something joyful and light-hearted.  Seeing a dipper ALWAYS brings me joy. We’ve spent a lot of time down by the river in the past month.  The weather has been pretty glorious.  Sometimes we take our tea down to the river after …

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The choice for my bird of the month for June was an easy one.  I’ve chosen the Carrion Crow.  Even before we found an injured juvenile crow in our garden last week, crows were featuring heavily in my month. In June in Scotland there is a lot of daylight.  The summer solstice marks the longest …

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We are just back from a much needed few days by the sea.  I’ve always been of the opinion that the closer you are to the ocean, the better you feel.  I’ve just googled “why is being by the sea good for you?” and this is what I’ve learnt: doctors have been prescribing curative trips …

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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 »

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that we had a swallow’s nest in the back porch with four little swallow babies who have now fledged and are fending for themselves.  I kept a diary of the activities of our swallow family which I thought you might like to read (and see my …

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I’ve told you before about our summertime tea-in-the-garden obsession.  It starts early May, even if I have to wear a woolly hat, and continues right through the summer.  Every year I count how many meals we eat at our picnic table in the back garden.  This year has been going particularly well  [although I must …

The Magic of Dusk: Honeysuckle, Weird Moths & Other Garden Secrets 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 …

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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 …

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