Monday, 31 August 2015
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Saturday, 29 August 2015
Ardnamurchan Campsite. One other butterfly was in the air, a small white one which was blown away on the brisk breeze before it could be photographed.
Something has left a calling card at the top of the steps up to our vegetable garden. Whatever it was - and suggestions would be very welcome - it had been eating the few raspberries that have managed to ripen. We suspect it was the cock pheasant, but he is denying the charge.
She asks what type of orchid it is. I am no expert, but would suggest that it's a common spotted - though their name does no justice to their beauty. The common spotted have had a good year. There have been many more of them, they've grown much taller than in previous years, and have continued their flowering later than usual.
Friday, 28 August 2015
Tomorrow, John Ruairi O'Connor will marry Caroline Lindsay. To celebrate the happy occasion, the O'Connors have issued an invitation to all to the wedding dance, which takes place at Glenborrodale Castle - details on the West Ardnamurchan News here.
As Ritchie commented, we haven't had too many of these sunsets this year, but ones like this almost make up for it.
Thursday, 27 August 2015
I write the same post each year - last year's was on 5th September, here - and each time I feel a pang of envy. In a week or so, these tiny birds will be crossing the Sahara and working their way ever further south, into the savannas of Africa and on to southern Africa, a journey of six weeks. There, all being well, the insects will be a little more prolific than they've been here this summer.
From Jenny Chapman:here - and another feature due in this week's Oban Times.
And to top it all, on Monday Algy received this message from Tumblr:
"Your blog is trending! adventuresofalgy has been featured as a Trending Blog on Tumblr! Over the next few days, millions of people will be introduced to you and your blog around the site and in our mobile apps. Congrats!"
The Adventures of Algy - here - has been running on Tumblr since early 2012, and has gradually acquired a substantial following from all around the world. Building a following is usually a very slow and laborious business, but being featured as an officially trending Tumblr blog means thousands of new followers for Algy in the space of just a few days. However, so far as I know, the fact that Algy's blog is trending on the New York-based Tumblr this week is not connected with his increasing local exposure - it's just a happy coincidence.
But Algy is not bothered by all this attention. He is content just to perch on a rock or the crossbar of the foghorn's structure and watch the sea, while his assistant does all the work.
As before, all sales at the book signing event go through the lighthouse till in the usual way, so that the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust can make a profit from the event.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
The evolutionary advantage to this individual is obvious so, very soon, the flowers of Scotland won't have to worry about being pollinated in the sort of wet weather we've seen this summer.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
|Photo Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust|
Nicky's one of three crofters in Ormsaigbeg who have gone over to keeping pigs instead of the more traditional sheep. From the crofters' point of view, it's been a great move, as pigs are easier to keep, particularly in this very wet climate, and....
The other day Nicky took seven pigs to the slaughter house on Mull knowing that he had already sold all seven. Most of the pork has gone to a top class restaurant in Glasgow whose owner is only too happy to pay for quality meat.
The blog has a great deal of fun from our local pigs, but I do admire the crofters who are rearing them, and I do feel that the animals have a wonderful life on these small crofts. So, surrounded as we are by pigs, we really don't mind their proximity - well, not too much.
Monday, 24 August 2015
The flowers of sea rocket, Cakile maritima, vary from pale pink through to white, and we found both. It only seemed to occur on the sand along the tide-mark at the back of the most southerly of Sanna's bays.
Right beside the car park there's as much mint as you would need to go with a roast leg of Sanna lamb, but I'm not sure which variety of mint it is. It was growing in damp ground, and some of the plants were much greener than this one.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
Many thanks to Out & About for the photo.