Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fiona's photographs

Fiona sent these to show the snowdrops in her garden are already out, marvellous indeed!
not in Fionas garden but quite nearby, lots of snowdrops are already out! milder by the coast and a more sheltered area.
and a wee robin across the road.
nice pictures doll! thankyou!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


does the saying 'a watched pot never boils' translate into a watched bud never flowers' ? the oriental hellebores are starting to bud, this one opens to a small pink flower
this one has larger pink flowers with dark markings
this one has dark purple flowers with bright yellow stamens
this lovely crumbly compost is from the back of the manure pile at the farm, I anticipate it will grow marvellous weeeds in amongst the vegetables.

Monday, January 29, 2007

a nice monday morning

quietly unfurling in the corner of the coldfream is an Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'
the snowdrop in the coldframe is indeed a beautiful double, the garden ones still not out.
in the garden the primulas are being brave enough to start to flowering, this is 'Pettycoats'
and another primula 'Marie Crousse'

Saturday, January 27, 2007

the view

this is the view from the stables where Teddy and Robbie stay, near Slammanan, looking towards the Ochils. photograph taken late Wednesday afternoon on the most zoom the camera will do.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

walking to work

on Monday norning it was such a gorgeous day that I felt I had to 'do' something, as I had to go to work for the afternoon I decided to walk there, along the old railway line I use to cycle to work during the summer. a wee sprinkling of snow on the hills.
much like when you drive,the pace of cycling blinds you to the things you notice at a slower pace, this stone bench has 'Gartshores Rest' carved into it. and I've been past it countless times before and never noticed! its a curious thing because Gartshore is at least another four or six miles away.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

first snowdrop?

just coming out, I'm not sure if this counts as the 'first snowdrop in the garden' as it is in a pot in the coldframe. nice surprise as my hand written label just says 'bulbs'!
nice chunky buds so there is a possibility they are double ones.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

walk near Kilmartin

on one side of the bridge all is calm
on the other it races away.
a wee red coo peeking over the hill
the view
a robin takes flight just as I press the shutter
bird of prey, just before it flew away
this lichen, growing on the wall and a tree, almost looking like crinkly leaves of lettuce.

Friday, January 19, 2007


Young Angus takes a look at the snow
and doesn't seem too sure. . .

this is the car park at work, shortly after this it started to melt and turn to yucky slushy stuff. the local roads and traffic all ground to a halt, not being able to cope. . happens every time!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

link for funny

I have done nothing of interest to write about.

Here is a link to a recent post by Crunchy Carpets , essential reading for all pet owners!

Monday, January 15, 2007

make a flake

no snow here yet, have some snowflake fun

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Barbara-Ann, driving Teddy in her 'new' exercise cart. I ride Teddy for them during the week. It was a bit wild and windy today so just a short try of the cart, its a bit low but is fine for getting out and about.
Dave on Robbie, who is just coming back into work after being off for three months. This is his first ten minute walk, and I will be starting to long rein him mid-week.
Robbie, being handsome.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


looks and feels like building brick.
tastes like bread. . .hmmm. . .

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

searching for snowdrops

here they are. sometimes they come up in the oddest places, having been moved inadvertantly during theyear when I am doing flowery stuff and digging in the borders.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

in the greenhouse

using a sieve to take lumps out of the compost.
two trays of Leek Porvite and two trays of Onion Red Baron. also four pots with some Early Nantes 2 in the hope of some early baby carrot treats. All these seeds are left over from last year, so I am still holding to my 'use them up before buying any more'.
these are last years leeks, some are Porvite and some are an unknown.
one fine big leek in the front.
the brussels showing some wee green ones being eaten by something
there don't seem to be any purple ones at all, I'll leave the plants standing for just now as I hate looking at a bare garden!

Friday, January 05, 2007

that Friday feeling?

Orkney Sunset, October 2003

sorry for lack of posts, there seems to be nothing hapening here. no kayaking, no gardening. dreary rainy weather and back at work after the break. yuck.

Smokey has been actually 'driven ' in his cart, with his usuall superb behaviour. I am waiting for his mum to put his pictures up and then I'l link to it, I didn't take any with my camera. I had a wee ride on Teddy on Wednesday, I huffed and puffed and she dollys round wondering why her rider is so hopeless! Its a privelege to know such nice horses.