June 16 , 2012 | Posted by EMH | No Comments

American wwoofers burning by the Burn.

Our three new wwoofers Sarah, Mallory and Elin have arrived and have been helping clear branches from a great big fir that came down across the burn. As I took branches off with a chainsaw the girls dragged them over and piled them on to a fire that did a great job at keeping the

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June 11 , 2012 | Posted by EMH | No Comments

Summer arriving

A quick visit up to Glen Head and a sighting of the Great spotted woodpecker that is often to be seen at Duncan & Ellen’s bird feeder along with the many chaffinch, blue tits, great tits and siskins. Since the week of sunshine and now the rain, the vegetation has exploded into full green bloom.

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June 8 , 2012 | Posted by EMH | No Comments

Spruce extraction

In June the stand of Spruce behind Torrisdale square will be felled and extracted and exported to Ireland.Despite some windblow, the remaining trees have achieved a good size and form. Some smaller stems and scrappy stuff will be left roadside to be used in the biomass boiler which will be installed on the estate as

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May 28 , 2012 | Posted by EMH | No Comments

Eagles, Orchids and Waterfalls

The amazing sunshine over the past few days has meant neglecting the blogging as I try to spend as much time outside as possible, that is until the midges get too much! A walk out on Saturday gave us a lucky sighting of two golden eagles soaring away on thermals above Rhonadale and a common spotted

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