It is snowing outside- cold flurries blowing in from the sea. The hills behind are thick with the stuff, but the salt air has kept us clear. Somehow without the snow on the ground it seems even colder.
The deer do not mind though;
…and try as I might, I can not resent them for the plants that I know they will destroy.
I looked out of the front door a few minutes ago and there were two tiny fauns on the driveway, still covered in their lines of camouflage spots and speckles to hide them from the wolves and lions that no longer frequent these parts.
They are young Roe deer, around 2 or 3 weeks old.
One was shy and skipped through the hedge almost immediately. The other one lingered, perhaps curious about whose garden this was that provided such good eating.
Even when she wandered through the gap in the hedge she did not go far- watching me as I watched her. Here she is;
We have had a very busy weekend.
Yesterday we had visitors, visited, and met to do some planning for an up and coming Aoradh event. This is the event, if you are around this area over New Year-
We are excited about this event- which we will be setting up between Christmas and New Year. Unfortunately Pucks Glen, like the rest of Argyll, took a bit of a battering in the storms, as a result of which it is full of fallen trees in places. Someone has had a go at cutting them into small pieces, but in places the path has been almost swept away.
Today we fetched a Christmas tree, went for a walk to review the site of the Aoradh event, then went carol singing around some rest homes before eating together at Paul and Pauline house.
The carol singing was lovely as ever. It has become one of those highlights of Christmas. Today Paul asked all the residents in the homes to tell us the town in which they were born- there were a few locals, but many people had made long life journeys- one man was born in New Zealand.
Dunoon is sheathed in ice. A thin sheet covers everything- and because it has not been very cold today, it is just about a slippy as you could ever imagine. This means that our driveway is unusable, and we have to park at the bottom of the hill and carry things up.
Ice plus dark plus heavy loads result in large bruises. If only I was as agile as our garden guests-
She was back this morning- with both of the kids.
I know they are eating my plants (although, as you can see, the grass is overdue for cutting) but they are such beautiful creatures.
I am reminded of one of Justin’s lovely poems- circulated as part of our Aoradh daily meditations-
Peace to you. Peace with you.
You that sleep without resting
Wake without rising, Peace to you.
Peace with you.
You that have grown distant
From the sparrow, Peace to you.
Peace with you.
You that wait in some deep
Valley and know it not yet
As the beginning of a mountain.
May you be wholly and holy
Peaceful and makers thereof.
And while we are on the subject of peace- here is a picture of Michaela and our youngest guest- little Laurie whose parents are staying in the Annexe at the moment.
Some deer visited our house this morning. They are always here or hereabouts, but this time it was a hind and her fawn. I happened to be armed with a camera, albeit with the wrong lens, so here are a few blurry, over cropped images…
Also today, our first holiday guests arrived to use the annexe.
I said I would post some photos of the annex when it was finished. My last task was to mend a switch on the cooker- and the part arrived just in time. For now, it is ready!
Once again- if you are looking for some very reasonably priced accommodation (£250 a week) over the summer, on the banks of the Clyde, and in the middle of stunning scenery- then drop us a line. So far we have three weeks booked, so plenty of availability as we speak. (We are working on a website, but for now, it is just word-of-mouth really- apart from this blog.)
As another taster- check out this website– extolling the delights of the coastline across the other side of our lovely little peninsular.
Cowal is an unspoiled, undeveloped, scenic gem. Don’t take my word for it- come and see!
Here are the photos-
Can you believe it- we have had another small crisis in our family!
Michaela hit a deer on the road next to Loch Eck the other day. The poor little thing was startled by the head lights and tried to get over the road back into the woods. Michaela had no chance to avoid it, as she was driving at over 50 MPH. It must have died instantly, flying up into the windscreen on Emily’s side.
It was only a small deer but what a lot of damage! Bonnet, grille, wing, subframe, radiator. Given the age of the car it is almost certainly a write-off.
But neither Michaela nor Emily were hurt, beyond a few bruises. It could have been so much worse- for us anyway. Not for the deer.