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The 15th of July

The 15th of July

The 15th of July. Scottish tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing told tourism businesses to “prepare” to reopen on the 15th of July, although it will be “provisional and conditional”. This will include pubs, hotels, and restaurants. We have a date to work toward now. So it’s been all hands on deck…

An Honest Day’s Milling

An Honest Day’s Milling

Today was one of the more productive days I’ve had in lockdown. I met Keith at 8am on the track for an honest day’s milling.  Keith’s the operator of a mobile saw mill. His nifty bit of machinery can be pulled behind a 4×4 and can access all areas (including…

If we say just a little …

If we say just a little …

The video of George Floyd made me sick to the pit of my stomach. The story a “young 6′ 3″ black man” told about always taking his young daughter and fluffy dog with him when he went out in his neighbourhood because otherwise someone may call the police made me…

Bird Wars

Bird Wars

I’m often woken by birds fighting. Flapping and squawking right outside my window regularly precedes my alarm clock. As you’d imagine, they don’t wait until a reasonable hour to start their battles. They’re usually up as day-breaks, ready to sort their differences with some good ol’ fashioned fisty cuffs. Sadly,…

All Hand on SIPs!

All Hand on SIPs!

Yesterday, in the first heavy rain we’ve had in weeks, our SIPs arrived! You may be wondering, as I was, what on Earth SIPs are? Well, SIPs stands for “Structurally Insulated Panels” – large panels with insulation in the middle which fit together kind of like Lego. They make up…