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26th April 2018 (Thursday) ....07.30It is cool this morning; ‘bright, with a brisk north westerly wind’, .... but bonnie , with loads of April shower type clouds scuttling over from the NW.I’ll make for Balcarres, later on today, and have an, ‘out of the wind’ walk in the Den.... right now I’m going down to the beach.

Bright and breezy ... most of the time

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25th April 2018 (Wednesday) .... 08.00We have a ‘bright and breezy’
morning, though there is a chilly feel to the air:it reminded me of a crackin’ September morning in Windischgarsten in Austria.That was 19 years ago. It is a lovely morning for a walk, and it should be warm out of the wind.I’ll go for a walk, somewhere, in the afternoon.... the diet begins today, and involves not eating between meals, drinking much water, and doing a lot of exercise.


21.00There was a good turnout for Jimmy Preston’s funeral, at Kinneuchar Cemetery, this morning.The weather was dry, though there was a cool breeze.The Minister gave an excellent, Service, and tribute, at the graveside; awakening many memories.Yes, Jimmy got a good ‘send off’. Sadly I couldn’t go to the cuppa afterwards:my computer had been ‘hacked’ and was sending out messages to all my contacts in Messenger;and I wanted to sort it out.I don’t use Messenger, but do occasionally get messages inward;which I try to answer.Anyway I have now ch…

Noticeably caulder ....

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24th April 2018 (Tuesday) ..... 08.30The first thing that caught my attention when I stuck “ma heid oot the door” this morning, was that it is noticeably caulder;as in back to wearing the winter togs caulder.So, it was the heavy jacket, scarf and gloves for my walk on the beach. There’s a strong wind from the WNW and that is adding a lump of wind chill, .... so wrap up if you’re going to be out in the wind. That said it ‘bright and sunny’, with dauds o’ cotton wool clouds scuttling across the sky.It’s a nice morning, but, I’m thinking the bike will stay in the shed today.I might take the car up to the Deil’s Lodge and have a walk down Balcarres Den.


21.30I’ve been reasonably busy today; mostly walking.I did go to the Deil’s Lodge (Balcarres Estate), and had a walk down to the pond.It was nice out of the wind;in fact it was hot when I was pottering about at the pond, because that area is a suntrap.The pond is full just now;full of muddy water after the recent weather.Actually I think …

Happy dog walker ....

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23rd April 2018 (Monday) .... 08.30“Happy St George’s Day” to all my English friends:today is the day when you collect dandelion flowers to make wine.Maggie and I once did this, and the resulting wine was excellent ... and had a kick.It took a year to reach that stage.Of course, you don’t need to make wine to enjoy the Dandelion flowers;I always see them as happy flowers. This means that Ivy Cottage garden is a ‘happy garden’.
We have a ‘bright and breezy’ morning;might be a bit breezy for the bike actually.I have been down to the beach, which is a happy beach;we had one dog walker with dog (you couldn’t be dog walker without one.A dog i.e.),one jogger, with dog, and me.... without a dog, but I did have a camera.We were all ‘happy’. 

19.30With it being too windy for me being out on the bike (I must get a battery assisted bike) I went up to Gillingshill Nature Reserve, in the car, to have a walk round.There was a gale o’ wind so I didn’t go up to the high path;it was getting the full b…

Overcast after rain ....

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22nd April 2018 (Sunday) ....The thunderstorms, that were forecast to occur overnight, missed us and went up the North Sea, (now off Aberdeenshire), so we were lucky in that respect;however, we did have rain, I know this because everything is wet, but I never heard thunder.It’s mostly overcast, and damp, this morning, but the sun should breakthrough later.... it was trying hard when I was out on the bike.It’s a nice enough morning, but disappointing after the past few days of sunny weather.


21.00My legs and feet are tired tonight:it’s watching the London Marathon .... it fair tires me oot.I have done a lot of running in my young day, so I know the feeling, and come out in sympathy. The sun did ‘break through’ but only infrequently, and then for only short blinks:that said, my day has been bright in other ways.In the afternoon I decided to take a run up to Balcarres to see is ‘Susanna Van Veen’ was blooming;and she was.‘Susanna’ is a Magnolia tree, and the flowers are usually out in mid…

Cracker of a morning ....

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21st April 2018 (Saturday) .... 10.30We have an absolute cracker of a morning at the Centre of the Universe;bright, sunny, and warm, with only a smirr of a westerly breeze.I went out early, and photographed my way fromWest Bay, round to the harbour;starting an hour before high tide, and finishing an hour after high tide.I met a couple down at the harbour looking for a Black Necked Grebe (hereafter BNG) which has been seen out on the bay.Apparently somebody ‘scoped’ it (the BNG) a couple of days ago.That will be twitcher lingo for a sighting by telescope.This ‘happy bunny’ is now going to have a look at the photographs I 'took';being a ‘reflections’ morning, I have a lot of photos to look at.


17.00This has been an excellent day, probably the best so far this year;warm (19c in Ivy garden), bright and sunny for the whole day:even I have a touch of the sun.I got that working in the garden!I decided to clean out the half barrel water feature... and that took me a bit of time:most o…

Early bird ....

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20th April 2018 (Friday) ... 07.00I went out on the bike early this morning .... 05.40:I wanted to be at the harbour for sunrise time ... 05.54. It was chilly at that time, it always is just before sunrise.Anyway I was down there on time, and snapped my first photograph at 05.53.The sun didn’t rise over the East Links until 06.00. Unfortunately it was breezier than I’d hoped, so the sea wasn’t mirror like, but I am happy enough with the photographs I got.This is the best time of the day;apart from 'Blob' and friends giving the dawn chorus laldie, a couple of delivery vans and Ian at the ‘Paper Shop’, I, near enough, had the villages to myself.After that early morning fresh air I am now ready for breakfast!


18.00I’ve been sitting in the Hutte watching a Peacock butterfly sunning itself on a warm rock;I didn’t have a camera at the time, so couldn’t get a photo.Obviously this spell of warm, sunny weather has woken up the overwintering butterflies... Spring is in the air.Will it l…