Deep snow

Looking back into 2018…

Last year we had it. We had a proper winter. The biggest I have experienced since I came to the UK 14 years ago. Why am I writing about the Beast from the East only now? Well, the past 12 months have been very busy. I worked full time in HR and opening the computer on return home was the last thing I could think of. At the weekends, on the other hand, I preferred to spend time outdoors and also...

The goldfinch came back

The goldfinch was back on the feeder. It was alone again and spent there quite a lot of time. Eventually, the woodpecker came and threw him off the feeder. So it patiently waited on the tree but then went back on to the feeder. Little blue tits were trying to get some nuts, but he kept pushing them off and flapping its wings. It must have been really hungry. And the same happened again. A...

The blue moon and a goldfinch

The unusual blue moon, the second full moon in a month happened yesterday but it was too cloudy to be able to see it. However, this morning the moon was still very big and this is what it looked like where I live: With this unusual moon, came a very strong wind. And there was a little cute guest on a bird feeder, a goldfinch. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take a picture of it, but if you...
Guirdill bothy

Our summer holidays at the Isle of Rum

Every year we spend a part of our summer holidays in Scotland. This year we were not sure where we wanted to go until the last minute. One day we were having a family diner at my partner's family and I spotted an album about the bothies in Scotland. One of them caught my attention in particular. It was Guirdil bothy at the Isle of Rum. So I suggested to my boyfriend that we would go there and he...

Horses at Traprain Law

If you like horses and nice views you should get yourself to Traprain Law.     The hill is a volcanic rock. It does not take long to walk to the top  and as you walk, you will never be alone there, thanks to Exmoor ponies. Those beautiful creatures have been introduced there to graze and and help with improvement of the quality of grassland. They seem pretty friendly but I would not go too...

Uags Bothy

This was my first ever bothy trip. Toscaig was a start point of our walk to Uags bothy.  My boyfriend and I arrived there at 8 15 pm after a long journey through windy highland roads and parked the car. While we tried to minimize the size of our bags as much as possible and carried only necessities, they were still quite heavy. We aimed to get to the bothy before it would get dark.  The...