Category Archives: Random Stuff

Adder Encounter in the Cheviots, Northumberland

Thirty-five years I’ve been slogging up hills in the Lakes, Highlands and Cheviots; yet I’ve NEVER seen one of these. Always been very high on my tick list, yep I’m weird that way:-) Last weekend driving back through the Cheviot … Continue reading

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A Blog From The Blue Tit Box 2015 – Basic Instinct

Anyone following last years success inside the blue tit box would understandably be looking forward to springtime 2015. However the downside of a nestbox camera linked to your telly is having a ringside seat when things go wrong. This year … Continue reading

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A Night on the Toon – Newcastle Late Shows May 2015

An evening in Newcastle at the annual Late Shows. Fantastic free shows hosted at many venues usually closed in the evenings. There’s a fascinating diary of events with an atmosphere like a mini Edinburgh Festival. It all started in 2007 yet I … Continue reading

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Returning to the Highlands – it’s Plockton Time!

Last October I wrote a post here called I Miss the Hills. Whilst whale watching in remote northern Skye I got a call from my dad who had just managed to hit his face on a cupboard door knocking him unconscious … Continue reading

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Training for the Highlands – Wandering Around Cheshire’s Dunham Massey Deer Park

It’s been difficult getting regular walks in this year as I’m making fortnightly trips down to my parents in Manchester. Ages ago I booked a week in the Highlands and that week draws near, so I managed to nip across to Dunham Park … Continue reading

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A Blog From The Blue Tit Box – Week Three – Have They Gone Yet?

And now the concluding part of the Blue Tit nest box adventure 2014! Unlike last years tragedy everything seems to be going extremely well. Nine eggs (2 more than last yr) were laid from 27th April to 6th May which had all hatched out by Sunday 18th … Continue reading

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A Blog From The Blue Tit Box – Week Two

Following last weeks blog here’s a quick update 14 days after the eggs hatched. There’s still 9 chicks in the Blue Tit box making excellent progress with nature showing it’s kinder side. Monday’s constant rain brought a reminder of how finely balanced this can be with … Continue reading

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A Blog From The Blue Tit Box – Week One

And now for something completely different; some pictures and videos from my garden nest box camera in north east England. A pair of cute Blue Tits moved in and are currently feeding 9 tiny chicks. I say currently as last … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas to All My Readers (always wanted to say that)

Many thanks for viewing my ramblings and for all your kind comments. Thanks to the mountains for being there, the Lakes, the Highlands, Skye, Plockton, good pubs, local breweries, oh & that bloke Alan too. Here’s to another great year … Continue reading

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I Miss The Hills

I miss the hills. Didn’t realise how much I miss the hills till I couldn’t visit them anymore due to an enforced break. There I was standing on the edge of a cliff on the far northern tip of the … Continue reading

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