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P1020774 (Large)So that I could make a start on the kitchen floor, Laura took the children to the Ken-Dee marshes for a day out. The Ken-Dee marshes are a nature reserve at the southern end of Loch Ken where it empties out into the river Dee. There is a collection of wildfowl and migrating birds at this time of year, with plenty of places to admire them.

Laura went wild (ha) with the Autumn crafts; here you can see Arthur and Iris doing bark rubbings and actually enjoying it.P1020777 (Large) They brought back all sorts of leaves and other exciting Autumn detritus.


The highlight for Laura was the Red Squirrel Bench. The nature reserve has a bench positioned in an ideal place to see red squirrels and when Laura sat and waited, she did indeed get a good view of a red squirrel. She was thrilled; the children could not be less bothered. The generation gap outlined in one simple event.

Laura and I have been brought up with the Grey Squirrel Menace and have experienced only grey squirrels previously, in the parks of Birmingham, Glasgow and London. Now we can see the fabled reds close at hand we’re beside ourselves. Our children now see red squirrels fairly regularly, so why should they be bothered? Well, we’ll work on that.

Laura did try to catch the squirrel in action. It’s in the picture somewhere.P1020780 (Large)


Now have a dance on us.

The two week autumn break has begun. The kids are off to stay with their grandparents for a few days and I need to plan lots of activities for the following week while Matt is away. In the meantime, more mundane tasks need dealing with. The process of installing our new wood-fired heating began on Thursday and should be completed tomorrow. The stoves are in and the inglenooks have been insulated we just need the pump to be wired up so the heating system works. Apparently, despite the kitchen chimney being covered with a wire grille there is still the remains of an old birds nest in there!

In preparation for the completed works we cleared out our wood shed and took delivery of a double load of logs which are now beautifully stacked waiting to be used.

There has also been time for fun this weekend with a visit from Valla, Deborah and Edna on Saturday and lunch with the neighbours on Sunday. The Sunday lunch included roast pork from pigs reared on our field, a little too successfully as it turns out – they broke the scales at the abattoir! It was great to chat with the neighbours and find out more about the area. We are also hatching plans to bulk buy logs and have offered to loan out our apple pressing equipment to deal with the bumper harvest.