Author Archives: John

October Coastal Walks

We had a few good walks around the local coastline in October. Here’s a selection of pictures from the walks. There is a good footpath from Isle of Whithorn that gradually gains height along the cliffs to Burrow Head. Here more »

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Raider’s Road

The Galloway Forest Park has a couple of forest roads that are open to cars in the summer months. We took a trip along the “Raider’s Road” in September. It goes for about 10 miles from near Mossdale/Loch Ken through more »

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September Miscellany

Through the summer, we have been having regular visits from a sparrow hawk. Here he/she is, perched on the garden fence waiting for breakfast. A spider web showing off some fresh raindrops from a passing shower. As summer draws to more »

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Flotilla of Kayaks

We had a house full of visitors one weekend in August and it was a good opportunity to get out the whole fleet of kayaks for a paddle around the bay. Stephen and Harvey in the double kayak along with more »

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August in the Garden

After a couple of years, some of the plants are getting quite well established. The Inula hookeri is turning into a bit of a thug and is taking over the end of one of the beds. Here are a couple more »

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More July Activities

Wine o’ Clock has been taking place most Friday evenings through the year but it’s good to be able to venture outdoors now that we have a taste of summer weather. There are still a few fleece jackets in evidence more »

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July in the Garden

The fruit patch started to produce in July. Here’s a selection of some of the goodies. We had good crops of gooseberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. The freezer will be busy for the rest of the year! Unfortunately we did not more »

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Wine Tasting at Kirkandrews Kirk

In early June we held a wine tasting fund-raiser in the wee kirk at Kirkandrews. The event was very well attended, helped enormously by the provision of a mini-bus to transport people from and back to Kirkcudbright. Twelve wines were more »

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Portpatrick

We had a day trip over to Portpatrick, near Stranraer, to meet our friends Hilary and Jonathan who had sailed over from Largs via Northern Ireland. Portpatrick is probably the most scenic harbour village in Dumfries & Galloway and has more »

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Another Dry Stone Wall

The latest stonework project in the garden is the creation of a retaining wall at the top of the cliff in the lower section of the garden. This will hopefully avoid the soil from higher up washing down the cliff more »

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