Ach, another poor nights sleep and nae up til 8am again.
Was a cold and icy start and so wish Alistair would leave the paths alone, solid ice, was skating everywhere, but not of Winter Olympics standard!
It then became milder & crept back up to zero degrees by midday and then the snow came and came some more.
Pretty much a whiteout and it was a day for indoors and in front of the stove (According to the Poodle)
There were 2 Starlings feeding this am, two turned into 12 at midday and there were fourteen by 2pm. Nae seen any Longtailed tits today, but more Siskins at the feeders.
Alistair arrived home early and snow eased at 3pm. A wee Snowball fight pursued.
4pm, snow falling again, big fluffy flakes, the glen was all silent and still, apart from the odd bird and it was just one of those magical moments.
Ah, nearly forgot! St Valentines Day.
A basket of roses from Alistair arrived yesterday and I owe him at a future date.
With this new February Snow, am keeping an eye open for new Birds etc and am pleased to report that the Yellow Hammer has made an appearance for the first time at Tulloch this morning and that we have two Tree Creepers in the garden.
I have also been watching our Wee Buck on a daily basis.
Other Fallow have now appeared in the field to find food, so was interested to see how our Wee Buck would react to his fellow Deer.
This morning has seen a fresh Stag appear, very grand he is.
After hanging around grazing all morning, the fresh Stag has led the way to find shelter for this afternoon, watching them all jump the fence one by one, there was one hind, a younger Stag and our Wee Buck left, as I type, it looks like the hind and younger Stag are trying to encourage our Wee Buck to jump the fence also and I can’t but help feel a wee lump in me throat, is today the day he leaves us to join the herd???
– Karen – x
Our Wee Buck
Another Stag we saw, notice his Antlers!
Had a drive down one my favourite glens last Sunday, Glen Lyon.
The weather wasn’t great, but it was still as beautiful, magnificent hills, crisp fresh air, clean clear waters, lush greens and all was peaceful.
The Heather is really starting to show the now and the countryside has an abundance of wild flowers.
I didn’t get many photos, but tried to capture something each time we stopped to let Barclay out, or stopped for me to open gates on a fabulous K Road (Meaning unnamed roads/tracks, which are my favourites & I’ve christened them K Roads, those who have been out with me, will know exactly what I am on about).
Heres a small selection of just some of the flora we saw
Pretty Purple Heather Beginning To Decorate The Hillsides.
Bumble Bee on Cross-leaved Heather.
Slender St john’s-wort
The Lichen, Cladonia portentosa Growing At Glen Lyon, Highland Perthshire.
Wild Thyme Creeping Over Rocks. The favourite flower of Fairies.
Dozens Of Heath Spotted-orchid, Glen Lochay.
Foxgloves Growing Amongst Rocks & Boulders
Have had a lovely drive through the Glen tonight and was amazed at how many Lapwings and Rabbits there were.
Lots of young ones about, just wonderful to see the adult Lapwing keeping an eye on their off spring.
Peewits & Coneys