Archive | January, 2012
A view over the Grampian as the last of the daylight fades.

Day’s end

Not one of my better images, thanks to poor light, no tripod and a high ISO, but I wanted to show the day’s end from the top of our hill. I fed the pigs, locked the chickens up and was taking Harvey, our Border Terrier, out for a quick session of ‘find the rabbits’ when […]

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A single Westphalian kale plant in the the vegetable patch.

Growing kale

Crofters have long depended on kale, as well as its brassicae cousins cabbage and neeps (turnips), as it thrives in the Scottish conditions. Ann Dean, in Foudland Slate Quarriers and Crofters refers to the slate crofters who once worked the hills just up from us as living largely on a brose of oatmeal and greens, […]

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The boys with the mountain bikes they received for their birthdays.

Big boys need big bikes

The boys have made do with second-hand children’s bikes for many years, but they’ve now reached an age, size and level of responsibility where the Other Half and I can justify buying them a decent bike each. So, they were very chuffed to visit a local bike shop a fortnight ago and be told to […]

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Striped cloud formations coloured red, orange and yellow by the rising sun.

Striped dawn

We were late for rugby this morning. A major part of the reason was the sunrise. When I went out to feed the pigs, with plenty of time to spare, I discovered the sky was spectacularly striped by a combination of cloud formations and the light of the rising sun. Feed the pigs and get […]

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It's fun! Really!

Growing potatoes

Potatoes are one of the staples of our diet. They also grow well in the acidic soil and the cool, damp climate of north-eastern Scotland. However, potatoes are not necessarily one of the best vegetables to grow, particularly if space is limited. Potatoes are relatively cheap to buy in large quantities for the table, they […]

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