Big Garden Birdwatch

Posted on January 29, 2017 in Outdoors.

Every year the RSPB run their Big Garden Birdwatch. A nationwide project in which you spend an hour counting the birds that come in to your garden. The idea is to get a number of the most birds you see of each type at any one time.

This gives the RSPB a good idea of bird populations throughout the UK. How are different birds thriving, falling in numbers, or moving around the country. According to the website it's the worlds biggest wildlife survey.

Laura and I spent an hour looking out for different birds in our garden this morning, and I took an opportunity to take some photos after.

If you're interested here are our results.

  • 11 Goldfinches
  • 7 House sparrows
  • 5 Siskins
  • 3 Chaffinches
  • 3 Starlings
  • 2 Blue tits
  • 2 Collared doves
  • 2 Dunnocks
  • 2 Great tits
  • 2 Jackdaws
  • 1 Blackbird
  • 1 Coal tit
  • 1 Lesser redpoll
  • 1 Robin

The photos I took this morning are on Flickr, and are under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to use them if you like.

Brewing my first beer

Posted on November 27, 2016 in Brewing.

Sitting in the spare room right now, in the dark, slowly bubbling away is my first ever homebrewed beer. It's a Chestnut Brown Ale to be precise. I've had a Brooklyn Brewshop Kit for two years now, it was a Christmas present from Laura's Mum and Dad. Somehow I've not managed to get around to brewing it until now.

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We're getting married

Posted on November 10, 2016 in My Life.

Laura (@plebbinebbi) and I have been together for over 9 years now, and the day we get married (the 25th of June 2017) will be our 10 year anniversary. What’s more is we’re planning to get married at a stone circle! I’ll probably put up a post about that after the big day.

Of those 9 years we've been living together for 7. Our first place was a little cottage we rented when we first moved to Scotland, and it was wonderful having "our own place".

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Our trip to Italy and France

Posted on November 10, 2016 in My Life.

This year Laura and I took my little sister Elizabeth (better known as Stinky) to Italy for her 18th birthday. I won’t bore you with a thousand holiday snaps, but I’ll tell you some of the highlights.

We drove down from Scotland to Sussex, before heading to France a few days later. We drove through France, stopping at a few little places on the way to Italy.

We stayed in a house owned by Laura’s Aunt. It’s nestled in the middle of the mountains in a village called Cecina.

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The Diamond DofE challenge

Posted on November 10, 2016 in My Life.

If you’re over 25 you can now take part in the Diamond DofE challenge. This is effectively a fundraising exercise for the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, but it’s also a good excuse to challenge yourself.

Laura and I both decided our challenge would be climbing the White Mounth wearing kilts. This is a collection of 5 Munros around Glen Muick. The walk highlands website estimates it should take between 9-11 hours, but with some heavy fog, and hailstones it took us about 13 hours.

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