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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Back to life, back to reality



There, a lovely ear worm to take you through the next few hours. Over 30 years old and still as fresh and wonderful as the day it was recorded.

But I digress (happily, into my musical youth!) and am just popping in to say "thank you" from Bill and I for all the lovely messages about our holiday. We both had a great time - very quiet, very chilled (dare I even say I might have started to unwind?) I did not do half of the things I thought I might which was probably a good thing 😝 and thoroughly enjoyed what I did get up to which amounted to very little more than wandering around other people's gardens, sitting reading, and general wandering around the beach at the campsite and the local coastal path.

Got back yesterday afternoon and as today is the only dry and sunny day of the week spent all of it outside accomplishing very little other than grass cutting (which could really be done in a couple of hours but I managed to make it take all day!)









I won't say "plan" (because we know that word dooms me to failure) but the intention over the coming rainy days is a few posts about the most southerly bit of mainland Scotland.

25 comments:

  1. What is the spotty plant in the bottom photo please? We have it in our garden I think.

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  2. What is the spotty plant in the bottom photo please? We have it in our garden I think.

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    1. Hi Su-zee, it is Common Spotted Orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii. A native wildlfower which we are REALLY lucky to have popping up in the lawns.

      There can be quite a few variations, some plants are darker or lighter, have more or less spots, sometimes 60cm tall, sometimes no more than 20cm. Lots of info on Google.

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    2. PS - if you search this blog for Orchid (use the search box extreme top-left of screen) there are photos from many years which will show you how varied they can be, hope that helps in your identification.

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  3. I'm glad you had a lovely chilled out time away, now looking forward to your posts and photos. My ear worm at the moment is the song from the current LinkedIn tv ad - I liked it when I first saw the ad, tracked down the title and artist, downloaded it yesterday and now can't stop singing it :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, the rain forecast for the next few days might give me the opportunity to have some computer time.

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  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to seeing some photos of Scotland & your garden as Summer approaches. I've also had a song in my head for a few weeks now from a TV ad & it is an old one from my youthful days from a movie, but the title escapes me now. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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    1. Thanks Susan, it was good to get back to Scotland after so long.

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  5. Good grief - over 30 years old - my sweet lady you must be mistaken!! - I remember it as if it was only yesterday 😂 and yes, it is now in my head!! (thank you - a blast from my past xx)

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    1. Yeah, sorry Kate - but actually we ARE that old ðŸĪŠ ðŸĪŠ ðŸĪŠ

      I am trying to think of a way to seamlessly include Ride on Time (Black Box) into a future post, be warned!!

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  6. Hope you got the good weather we left behind for you. Glad you had a relaxing time. Your garden looking good - we considered leaving our lawns when we got back as it is No Mow May but not sure our neighbour would have been impressed with the number of dandelions we have and are spreading his way.

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    1. Thanks Viv, you left me some nice weather (thank you) but it was even better as I departed - typical!

      Your neighbour would hate me - I have intentionally left the dandelions this year and been rewarded with a small flock of Goldfinches feasting on the seed heads. At some point I will dig out some of the larger plants to stop world domination in future years.

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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday and I'm looking forward to seeing your holiday post and photos. The weather is set to change for the worse and does not sound good at all so you chose the best day for mowing your lawns.

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    1. Cheers Eileen, to be honest I am quite happy with a few days of wet because there is lots to do indoors!

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  8. Thanks for the ear worm :) I'm so glad you enjoyed your much needed time away and I hope you feel restored and well rested. I'm now looking forward to reading about your adventures. X

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    1. Morning Jules, glad the ear worm did not offend 😁
      Will start sorting photos as soon as I can.

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  9. Tune! Jazzie B is a genius!
    Welcome home. I'm glad you had a relaxing time with Bill and that the weather was kind to you. xxx

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    1. I loved Melissa Bell's voice - she died far, far too young.

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  10. Ah, yes...you must be mistaken because I distinctly remember that song when it was 'new' on the radio......

    Glad you enjoyed your jaunt.....the pause that refreshes and all that. xo

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    1. Cheers Mel, I'll see if I can cook up a reason to include Ride on Time (Black Box), because that's not nearly as old either - HA HA HA.

      Brilliant jaunt thanks.

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  11. I'm glad to see that you are home and able to cut your grass. Gardening life on Lewis is a strain at the moment with the bitter winds and the rain. I am exceptionally grateful for the polycarb.

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    1. Hi Graham, I would imagine that gardening on Lewis can be something of a strain for much of the year?

      I know that there are only three, maybe four, months of the year here where I can be sure of no frost and whilst your maritime location might protect you from freezing you have far worse wind than me to contend with.

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  12. You do have a nice looking garden.
    We have recently visited Arbigland ...the Nearly Lost Garden...did you see that on your travels?

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    1. Thanks G. No I've never stopped at Arbigland, it is located exactly halfway between home and where I often stay so it's not really convenient. For the same reason I never manage to stop at Threave either.
      I have been around the New Abbey area though, and it is lovely.

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