A Castle in the Sky

In March 2013, after years of talking about it we eventually sell up and move out of the city with our 2 year old, Gracie. We both grew up in the countryside and this is what we want for our daughter. So we swap a 2 bed flat in London for a small country pile on the west coast of Scotland that needs a lot of work. I've done a bit of interior design and my partner, Ed has a good knowledge of the outdoors – but we're on a tight budget and we've both got a lot to learn. It's a life time's project and this is a record of our adventure…

Finding a nest (Apr 27)

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Ed’s just cleared a path through some of the undergrowth at the back of the walled garden and spotted this…


We’ve family staying so after taking a careful look we’ve had lots of fun trying to identify what eggs they are from pictures on the web. We’re settling on song thrushes. Julie our new neighbour’s already informed us that a song thrush lives on our drive – and we’ve since seen one on the lawn and think we’ve heard it’s song.   It’s not too hard to identify as it sings its song twice over …


I’ve been told they used to be quite common in the countryside but are seen less now because of intense farming and the loss of hedgerows.   So it’s lovely to know we might soon have another 5 living here…


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