Monthly Archives: August 2012

The fox hounds are out

I hear the fox hounds being brought out for their daily preparation for the season beginning September. Their baying sets my five dogs off barking, and I have to bring them in to shut them up. The local hunts involve … Continue reading

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Have gun will kill

Ornithologists do not recognise the pheasant as a UK bird, although it has the most beautiful plumage of any bird resident in these Isles. It was an Asian bird, finally domesticated and brought to Britain by the Romans adding to … Continue reading

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Nature’s attributes half way up a mountain

We live by a strongly flowing burn. We are used to wet weather, therefore the ground is often boggy, but it drains fast. We are half way up a mountain so the height increases UV light and the conditions attract … Continue reading

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Glorious 12th

Yesterday was the ‘Glorious 12th’ and all grouse (lagopus lagopus scoticus ) in Scotland would have been finding themselves the target of many shooters had it not been a Sunday. No game may be shot on a Sunday. From today … Continue reading

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Dark Skies

And the dark skies. Oh let me tell you about the dark skies. No pollution of any kind to blot out the awe inspiring canopy of stars once night falls. Over us is our own galaxy, the Milky Way, so … Continue reading

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The Weavers

When we arrived at this cottage in which we now live, we found it was better insulated than any home we had ever lived in – which is excellent as we live half way up a mountain. It used to … Continue reading

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Land Use

10,000 years BCE there were around 1 million humans walking this planet. By 1800 AD there were around 1 billion. From Stone Age man, hunting and gathering a wide ranging diet we became farmers, and by 1800 we were dividing … Continue reading

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Ice Ages

The first life on Earth was in the form of bacterial algae, which are photosynthetic organisms. If it were not for them we would never have had oxygen, and without oxygen we would never have had fire. Life has been … Continue reading

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Iapetus Ocean

Drilling to the deepest parts of the Earth as possible has led scientists to infer the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old. A period of geological time known as the Archean ( 3.5-3.4 billion years ago) has been studied … Continue reading

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Blipping in the Scottish Borders

BLIPPING IN THE UK I live in the Scottish Borders. I love this place, contrasting as it does to all the English city life I have endured during 60 years of my life. The ‘banks and braes’ help me to … Continue reading

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