Thursday, September 29, 2011

Celebrating in the September sunshine.


The weather has been glorious lately so we went down to the nearby beach and celebrated Ray's forthcoming birthday with a glass or three.....CHEERS.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hang about !

The red squirrels are very adaptable and can eat in almost any position when they come to the various feeding stations in the garden. For this reason I think they will survive here in Farigaig Forest for a long time even though they are becoming an endangered species in other parts of the UK. That reminds me - I must order some more food for them, and for the birds of course - when they can get a look in !.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Swimming Loch Ness


We were quite concerned on Tuesday when we noticed an orange inflatable on the loch which appeared to be just bobbing up and down on the water and possibly in trouble. Then we were very surprised to see an arm emerge out of the water ahead of the boat and realised the craft was trailing a swimmer. Managed to find some info on the web but not too sure of the outcome. Hope they all made it safely and well done to them.
For more information on this challenge.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Whatever the weather.

The weather in September has been extremely varied with no two days exactly the same. Even during the day the weather can change enormously, one minute dull and overcast, followed by a sudden shower and later on the sun streams through and we have to close the window blinds or sit outside and enjoy....life can be very tough. The variety of weathers has produced some beautiful brilliant rainbows over Loch Ness.
There are still some hardy sailors enjoying life on the water in boating craft of all different shapes and sizes and good luck to them.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tale of a tail.

It has been a very good year for the red squirrels and they have become regular daily visitors to all the feeders at our house and at Aspenwood.There is an abundance of hazel trees in the area and they are often spotted leaping from branch to branch in the trees picking off the hazel nuts and eating them.On Saturday at Aspenwood we saw a squirrel run up the grass track and go across the car port with a bunch of hazel nuts in its mouth.They do not hibernate in Winter but they do bury food now to collect in hard times.There has been a second litter recently and often two or three of the same family arrive together, feeding happily and not fighting. It is possible to tell them apart by the colour of their tails....the colour ranges from a light blonde through to a darker rusty orange brown colour. There is one with an unusual striped tail who has been given the name Bandit by one of our guests...and we thought it was just us giving them names !




                                     'Bandit'

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Roe deer

 The mother roe deer and her fawn are frequent visitors to the grassy bank leading down to Loch Ness. After the rain of late the vegetation must be very succulent, certainly the youngster seems to be enjoying its taste of wet grass.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Roe deer visitors

This week we have had a family of roe deer come to visit, a male with antlers and a female with their fawn which must have been between two to three months old.The roe deer are one of Britain's native species and are most widespread especially in Scotland.The family have been happily munching on the grass on the front bank and I did manage to take some photos earlier in the week. Yesterday evening they were further along the bank opposite the front door which I carefully opened camera at the ready. We've recently had a new glass panelled front door put in which is very quiet to open - no more squeaky hinges. Just as the mother was licking her fawn and the camera was poised for a cracking shot the phone rang and they all sped off freaked out by the noise....and it wasn't even an important call after all.




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