Friday, 19 January 2018

A memorable first

Today I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to see my first murmuration of starlings - right over the main road, so we got a great view.

Made my day.

Thursday, 18 January 2018


“Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.” —Edward Abbey

Snow in the village

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


As forecast, more snow last night and throughout the day.  I've been keeping up with it all on various Facebook groups - many, many vehicles stranded for hours overnight on the M74, mountain rescue drafted in, emergency and council services stretched to their limits.  More to come tonight, we're on a Stage 4 amber warning - police have advised against ALL travel on the region's road between 9pm and 5am - first time I've heard of that, shows how bad conditions are. East and north of here got the worst of it so far.
Second day indoors today, not ventured further than the garden.
Got the fright of my life when half a back roof-ful of snow decided to shift and dump itself right outside the back door.  The noise was frightening, like a dull roar................
Great admiration for those who have to go out and work in it, especially overnight; I hope folk are sensible and heed the warnings.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


The snaw is braw,
I watched it fa'
I wonder if there's mair?
But I'm inside,
An' here I'll bide,
So I dinnae really care..............

Monday, 15 January 2018

A Lidl retail therapy

I like Lidl, there's always something interesting and different to look at, even if you don't buy it.  I go very rarely, though, as it's in the big town, so when a friend said she was going on Saturday, I hitched a lift - I'd forgotten to add cheese to my delivered shopping, so aimed to get that.
I bought a few wee things for the store that were reduced - nuts in tins (will keep well), some gravy mixes.
They were selling boxes of clementines for £2.45, full to the brim. I bought a box; shared a few with my friend, the rest I'll eat over the next couple of weeks.  The skins will be saved and dried for firelighting and grinding into orange powder; the box is very sturdy and will be good for storing stuff, and I'm sure I'll find a use for the netting over the top too.

I bought a couple of things from their reduced food shelf which will need to be eaten over the next couple of days, not things I usually buy, so nice for a change.
Delighted to find something I'd had in mind for a while too - a folding tabletop ironing board - it'll live with my craft stuff, useful for pressing patchwork seams, embroidery and other wee things - a good price at £4.99.
They say never go shopping when you're hungry, but I did - so breakfast was a really good goat's cheese and herb bready thing, warm, eaten in the car before we left the car park - good value at 69p.
So, an enjoyable wee outing, pleased with my purchases, but I'm happy to keep it occasional.
Oh yes - and their cava at £4.95 is recommended ;)

A memorable first

Today I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to see my first murmuration of starlings - right over the main road, so ...