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The Duchess:

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This is my new bicycle, though I’ve had her for about a month now. She’s an electric bike and she has made my life SO much easier because I just haven’t had the same energy since my last flare up. I can actually keep up with F. now and before he moved to Oxford, we even cycled to Tentsmuir Forest — 10 miles away! The basket is new from this past week: I bought a wine crate and stained and varnished it myself. (A long project when you can only do it in bits and pieces.) F. helped drill the holes while he was here, but I did everything else. Eventually I’ll get around to getting new pannier bags, but not any time soon.

Isn’t she pretty?

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The Easter Cat:


So named because I first met her one Easter a couple of years ago. (Though some call her ‘Princess Tripod’, which I think is rather undignified.)¬†She is both ferocious and friendly. She has three legs, but that doesn’t slow her down! I have seen her leap onto walls and chase ducks. We’ve even played tag.

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The fog:


From one day to the next it turned from summer to winter when the haar rolled in off the sea. Although the sudden cold and damp has made me ache all over and I’m very tired, I still find it very beautiful. The transformation for clear blue skies to mysterious fog is one I will keep.

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Strange landscapes:

IMG_8570I love how the beaches here in Scotland are a mix of expanses of smooth sand and  rocks and pools, as the bones of the earth are laid bare by the retreating sea.


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The side chapel:

IMG_8592Somewhat hidden from view, this small chapel in All Saints is used for daily services and special occasions. Here, the lamp is always kept burning; here, the sacred elements are kept during the week, looked after by watchful angels.


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The burn (read: small river) I cross every day to go into town hasn’t had ducklings for the last couple of years. There used to be problems with flooding, so a few years ago the council paid to have banks along this stretch of the burn redone. They essentially dredged the river and put up new walls along the sides of the banks. Unfortunately, they did this right during nesting season and we haven’t had ducklings since.

That is, until this year! The mama ducks have finally deemed our part of the burn safe again, and have been parading their wee ducklings for all to see. Each day I’ve seen more ducklings. This morning I even saw three (3!) families of ducks, with a total of twenty-three (23!) ducklings!

How can you not love ducklings? Just look at them! And they go ‘cheep, cheep’, and paddle their little feet, and they’re just little balls of fluff! I love ducklings, and I’m so glad I get to see so many of them this year.

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Summer roses:


I love the rose garden behind 66NS. This is the first rose to bloom, though many more have bloomed now. It may have been my imagination, but this rose smelled like like the skin of a fresh peach, just before you bite into it…