Wednesday, 31 August 2016
The Sachsen was launched in 2001 as the first of a new class of frigates which, very like our Type 45 Daring class destroyers, are primarily designed for anti-air warfare.
Tuesday, 30 August 2016
One of the pleasures of summer is watching the variety of sailing ships passing up and down the Sound of Mull. This beauty is the Dutch schooner Oosterschelde, the last of many schooners which sailed under the Dutch flag and now lovingly restored.
here. Once again, our view of her was spoiled by poor weather.
Monday, 29 August 2016
It's good to see that the national media has caught up with something we've been well aware of - that the number of butterflies has plummeted this year. Their interest - see Guardian report here - has been excited by a press release from Butterfly Conservation which reports that small tortoiseshell numbers have dropped by 73% since the 1970s, but we're sure it isn't only the tortoiseshell that's suffering.
Looking back in the blog, the only picture I have published this year of a small tortoiseshell was back in July - here - and I reported seeing one in a post in March.
In our wanderings today we saw several whites, and just one other butterfly - this peacock, which seemed intent on warming itself on the tarmac, and....
Anything I report is the result of very unscientific, very personal observation, but it's getting to the point where I think that us old ones, who can remember a world in which butterflies seemed everywhere in summer, need to start wondering what sort of countryside we're leaving to future generations.
On community matters, the Kilchoan Community Centre has its AGM this evening, at 8pm in the community centre.
Sunday, 28 August 2016
We were very pleased to hear that the first three months of the castle's new role as top-end accommodation for visitors have proved very successful.
Red sky at night is a shepherd's delight. The prediction was correct - we've had a stunningly warm and sunny day today.
Many thanks to Ritchie and KEB for the pictures.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
....the other was the Lyrawa Bay, described on several sites on the internet as a ro-ro cargo/passenger ship. We've seen her passing several times before but this is the first time we've been able to identify her as she doesn't have her AIS transponder working.
Green Marine's tug Green Isle, above.
Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for story & pictures.
Friday, 26 August 2016
A couple were removing furniture and other items from Kilchoan to Glasgow. On the way out of the village their van door must have popped open. They were only made aware of this by another driver just past Loch Mudle and then didn't notice that the press had fallen out of their van. They didn't know where the press had gone until the Raptor's story appeared on the blog.
Thankfully the press is undamaged and works perfectly well, so all is good.
It was, therefore, with some sadness that we saw this robin sitting on a perch looking very sorry for itself, with its leg showing all the signs of the Fringilla papillomavirus.
We've seen this in chaffinches before - one, which survived for some time, we called Seedfoot - and we've also seen it in one of my favourite small birds, the dunnock, but this is the first time for a robin.
The growth can continue to increase in size until it hampers the bird's movement, and it can also result in the loss of a leg. That we haven't see this robin again in the last few days isn't a good sign.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
From the Raptor:
When are the people who visit this most beautiful corner of Scotland going to start respecting the area and stop throwing rubbish out of their cars, vans and the like. Please keep your rubbish until your are in an area that has bins, don't just discard it on the open road in the hope that some mug (me) will come along and pick it up for you.
I also hope someone from the Community Council may read this and feel that it is about time we take action against fly tipping at any level.
Many thanks to the Raptor for words and pictures.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Adopt a Monument' scheme but, to carry out the work, we had to obtain permission from Historic Environment Scotland, and the main condition was that the fence be replaced on a like-for-like basis.