Hosta Time

The Hostas and the rest of the plants in our shady area by the front door are growing well this year although they did suffer from the attentions of the slugs and snails despite a treatment with nematodes and the new eco-friendly slug pellets.

Climbing Again!

It’s been a long time since we managed to get out onto the cliffs but a visit from friends Simon and Caroline gave us an opportunity to visit Meikle Ross, just a few miles away from Craig Cottage.

Simon leading up “Shark’s Tooth”
John on “Twin Cracks” with T-shirt coordinated with the lichen

Paddling down the Dee

We had a good kayaking session down the River Dee past Threave Castle with the Kirkcudbright Canoe Club.

There was a good turnout for the event with around 30 assorted kayaks out on the river. There was a bit of extra excitement at the end of the trip with a short section of rapids where the river passes under the A75 road bridge which I unfortunately failed to capture photographically.

Trip to Mull

After a couple of years of lockdown we finally organised a trip outside Dumfries & Galloway. We had a 5 day stay on Mull with Mull Wildlife Breaks. Each day, we were taken out by mini-bus to see different areas of Mull and Laura our guide pointed out the variety of birds and other wildlife. We also had a boat trip day when we saw sea eagles nesting on Ulva, puffins and other sea birds around Lunga and lunch at Staffa & Fingal’s Cave.

Barlocco Beach Cleans

We had the opportunity to get a skip, sponsored by the Solway Firth Partnership, to collect rubbish that had accumulated over a period of several years along the stretch of coast between Kirkandrews and Carrick. A team of local volunteers set to work over a fine, sunny weekend in March to fill the skip.

Birthday Pies

John’s birthday this year was celebrated in the usual style with a feast of meat and potato pies and mushy peas. Here are the magnificent pies before being tucked into by us and our visiting friends, Karen and Mike.

The main pie
The backup pie

Storm in Dumfries

In the lead-up to the COP26 environmental summit meetings in Glasgow, a giant puppet called ‘Storm’ made a tour around Scotland. Storm represents a sea goddess and is made from recycled materials. She was greeted in Dumfries by the SongWave choir of which Gabrielle is a member.