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Ian McCall

You never step in the same river twice

Autumn beach

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Autumn colours on the beach this afternoon.

Walked to where the kids gather and light fires. It’s a nice south facing spot.

And there are great views over to Dalmeny, Edinburgh and Leith.

Just wish they’d clear up afterwards.

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Eating late at the Ivy

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Ivy flowers on a south facing wall by the beach.

Still buzzing with life today: wasps, bees and flies.

More on rivers

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Ceaselessly the river flows, and yet the water is never the same, while in the still pools the shifting foam gathers and is gone, never staying for a moment…

Hōjōki

Passenger 2

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Passenger concert with Maire and

the kids last night.

O2 Academy Glasgow.

Weekend in Wester Ross

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A few pictures from our weekend in Wester Ross.

Walk up past Eas Dubh waterfall at Gruinard Bay.

Shaggy and I haven’t a Scooby

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Some fungi outside the office last week.
First one is a shaggy ink cap.

Not sure about the other one. Mower had got them when I went for a look the next day!

Walk in the woods

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Walk in the woods with the dog.

Watched a group of bullfinches feeding on rowan berries.

Brambles

Picking brambles last weekend. Seems the sunny summer has been good for them. There are loads this year.

Put some in a crumble, some went to bramble gin. Like sloe gin but with brambles. Also tried it with some plums.

A week on they are looking very colourful.

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Stone sharks

wpid-IMAG0778.jpgwpid-IMAG0777.jpgIn Wester Ross for the weekend.

We came across stone sculptures amongst the rocks and dunes.

Stone sharks, a turtle a starfish surfaced on the close cropped turf.

The kids wanted to make their own – on a smaller scale.

We scanned the sea – no basking sharks today. There were however great skuas, black throated divers and a lone black guillemot.

Above the dunes, by a burn, a flock of twite were busy diplaying drabness as an artform.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twite

Ice house

This is an ice house at St Colme House. It is on the north side of a small hill and so in the shade.  Filled with ice in the winter it would keep food chilled into the summer months and provide ice for the big house.

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How the other half lived – or maybe how the other 1% lived. Bear in mind a mile away men, women and children were hewing coal out of holes in the ground to allow people to afford this luxury.

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