It is disconcerting to a household that used to be Merchant Navy to see a full blown hurricane processing north from the Azores, up by Portugal towards us.
It will “only” be a storm by the time it hits us tomorrow but the changes in direction are a significant concern..
The biggest wind previously recorded in Ireland .. 1839
The Night of the Big Wind was the most devastating storm ever recorded in Irish history. Known in As Gaeilge as ‘Oiche na Gaoithe Moire’, the hurricane of 6th and 7th January 1839 made more people homeless in a single night than all the sorry decades of eviction that followed it.
As part of the Scottish first annual Heritage Awareness Day the Ardchattan Parish Archive will be open all day from 10.30 am here at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch.
Come along to see what is in the archive : maps, books, records, images ..
Share your family tree, learn some more family connections, find out about the places locally.
Bring images and records to be scanned, donations of these are very welcome to learn from and share.
What courses, workshops and lessons would you like to learn at Kintaline in 2018?
Ludwig Appeltans, Earth Ways, will be leading a permaculture weekend workshop at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
September 9 – 10 2017
Topic for this course is : Soils, Compost and making Lasagna beds (sheet mulching)
- Learning about growing food inevitably starts with building soil.
- Come and learn how to create a soil abundant in life with a rich variety of nutrients.
- Help your plants to be healthy and nutrient dense.
- Discover how a good soil helps your plants to be disease and pest resistant and how a good soil helps to prevent unwanted weeds.
- The workshop includes a hands-on session on building a lasagna bed: From lawn to veg bed in no-time. workshop will be in a polytunnel to protect us from the weather.
What an adventure! It has many years since getting to and enjoying the Highland Show was possible.
Smallholding Scotland is Launched.
Established by smallholders, Smallholding Scotland is a unique, member-led organisation dedicated to representing, promoting and supporting smallholding across Scotland.
The Societies purpose is to promote and support the sustainable stewardship and the purposeful use of smallholdings.
The website is live at www.smallholding.scot and applications for membership are welcome.
There is a lot to do over the coming weeks, months and years to build the organisation into a strong body that supports and represents smallholders in Scotland but there is a vision and a will to do that – and with the active support of Scottish smallholders, we can achieve it.
The management committee is determined that the organisation will be member led; that it will be open and transparent in its working. News items will be added to the website regularly and you can sign up for the newsletter via the website.
There are still vacancies on the management committee. If you have time and energy to commit to growing Smallholding Scotland and smallholding in Scotland, please get in touch.
The constant showers had even our wee sparrows fed up – lined up on the chairs just outside the (very dirty) window.
We have literally hundreds of these characterful wee birds and there are juveniles on every fence begging for food. They have had far too much fun with baby veggies .. will need to increase the protection and so some more. !!
Walking into an area of orchids reminds of the unique beauty around us amongst the ordinary. Our herb rich grazing still has too many rashes, but the diversity and rarity of species is very special.
And then the rarity pops up in the commonplace spaces just to surprise.
This is one of several sightings for Orange Tip butterflies here.
Todays beauty was resting in one of the polytunnels
They love garlic mustard which we have lots of.