Tag Archives: Crofting

Ice, snow and shirt sleeves

The Met Office has issued a “be aware” notice, warning of the prospect of widespread gales across Scotland on Christmas Eve but we’re in a calm at the moment. The temperature is -3ºC, there’s a thick layer of ice over much of the croft and we’re being dusted by intermittent snow flurries. Despite this, I’ve […]

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Life on a croft in Ness

In one of my forays around the web, seeking the blogs of other others who lead the crofting life, I turned up Sweeny’s Air on Lot, from Ness on the Isle of Lewis. Somehow I’ve missed the blog in the past, but here’s some of Sweeny’s background to give a taste: I have started up […]

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The sparrowhawk on the ground inside the chicken run.

Illegal bird deaths rise in UK, RSPB reports

We have goshawks and sparrowhawks on the croft, so it was worrying to read the Guardian’s article about the UK’s uplands losing birds of prey as buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons are shot dead or poisoned. Even though they attempt to prey on our Scots Grey poultry, I enjoy seeing birds of prey wheeling on the […]

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Unseasonally warm

When I woke and made my way to the kitchen this morning, I was surprised by how warm it felt. I checked the thermometer in the kitchen, which revealed the overnight low outside was 10ºC and it was 17ºC inside. Later, as I was getting ready for the 2.5-mile walk to the village Post Office, […]

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Bats in the byre

I was taking the chicken feed through the byre this morning when Harvey, our Border Terrier, stopped, looked at the roof and growled. I expected to look up and see either blackbirds (they pull his hair out) or rats (his job is to kill rats). Instead, I spotted three very small bats hanging from one […]

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