Monday, 30 January 2017
The RCAHMS report is unable to give the dun a date, nor does it attempt to explain why a fortification like this lies in such a remote area some two kilometres inland from the coast, though one possibility is that it controlled an ancient trackway running from Swordle to the south coast.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
It's not a particularly high ben, and its slopes are a steep and slippery slog up from the Sanna road, but it's one of those hills which, as you wind your way higher and higher, offers constantly changing views - this one southwestwards, with Beinn na Seilg's summit lost on cloud and two lochans visible, Ealachan at left and Crannaig towards the right. The ridge in sunlight is Beinn nan Ord.
Saturday, 28 January 2017
The wind dropped steadily overnight and the day turned misty, the temperature rising from a heady 4.9C first thing to 5.1C at midday. At some point, before the clouds lifted, it snowed on the tops, with Ben Hiant, seen here from the glen of the Achateny Water looking past Braehouse Cottage, receiving just a sprinkling while the hills down the Sound are snow-capped.
I'm fairly sure that it was a male, having a largish black bib, but we're not sure if it is the same blue tit each time.
I am so very deeply impressed. Other than the blue tits, no other bird has shown any interest in the peanuts, and it took the blue tits no time to work out how to free the nut. What is it, other than an innate curiosity, which makes the blue tits, whether of Devon or Ardnamurchan, so very, very clever?
Friday, 27 January 2017
We're pleased to see a pair of collared doves in our garden again. For some time we've been without them.
His anxiety seemed to communicate itself to the other two as they all began to move away, very slowly, and with some dignity, the first stag....
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Many thanks to Dominic for the statistics.
This looks like Jacobite, one of two creel boats working out of Tobermory which seem to go out whatever the weather.
Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for the pictures.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
There is a link to a BBC article here, and a link to Antiquity magazine here - a .pdf of the article can be downloaded from this page.
Many thanks to Ricky & Joan for drawing this to my attention.
It hadn't been out a few minutes before, when my back was turned, one of the peanuts disappeared, and....
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Sadly, the blue tit which is doing this - and we assume that it is a blue tit each time - is avoiding us, so only one fleeting opportunity has occurred in which I might have got a picture, but he was too quick.
Many thanks to Derryck for providing us with so much enjoyment - and frustration.