22nd of October

by on October 22nd, 2015

This years haul of wild hazelnuts. Nuts are not grown commercially up here in Scotland but you can find some with decent ones growing wild or in planted mixed woodland. They are smaller than the shop bought ones but have a lovely sweet flavour. I have found several good trees along local rivers whilst out fishing. I have always enjoyed gathering wild food as the only things that I’ve been able to grow well in the garden are brambles!

11th of October

by on October 11th, 2015

It has been very quiet at home without Beth who has recently started at Glasgow University. We went through to see her yesterday, and she gave us a tour of the splendid and very Hogwartian campus where she is taking her lectures.
Beth was feeling a bit cloistered…
This is where the wizards er lecturers put on their gowns.
Half close your eyes and it could be a Wamping Willow..

9th of October

by on October 9th, 2015

A suitable vessel for drowning sorrows after last nights last minute Scottish exit from the European Nations Football Cup. Scotland played really well after a terrible start, but had their hearts broken deep into extra time, when the Poles equalised. They needed to win to have any chance of progressing. So that’s them out yet again. Well at least we’ve got our whisky…

7th of October

by on October 7th, 2015

A Watery Saltire, from the Fairy Pools, near the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye. Hopefully to give Scotland inspiration for their must win football match against Poland tomorrow. It has been a while since we have qualified for the final stages of a big footie tournament and its not getting any easier as we get seeded lower and lower. Poland have an in-form striker who has been scoring a frightening number of goals for top German team Bayern Munich. It’s going to be a bumpy ride…

5th of October

by on October 5th, 2015

The excellent weather has finally broken here in Perth, today is wet and horrible. Here’s a snap from a couple of days ago looking north from the old bridge.
It’s also the end of the trout fishing season, which was good over the summer because it was wetter than usual. This fish was caught on the Tay back in May and ended up on a plate with asparagus and scalloped potatoes…
It’s also the end of the Lawn Bowling season; there’s a club just opposite where we live. For those that have not seen it played, it’s a bit like Curling on grass. The grass is perfectly flat, absolutely worshipped by the members and is loving treated over the winter to keep it positively Wimbledon standard. Friends of ours from Arizona were staying at our house while we were away on holiday, and not knowing that the grass was sacred actually kicked a football about on it. Luckily they were advised to stop before any of the bowlers saw them or they would have been lynched!