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      • Thursday 28th. August, 2014 – Really Good News

        Discovered that our baby chicks are really getting quite large. One of them is sitting on the edge of the nest, for all the world as if he is getting ready to try out his wings. I don’t think that he is ready for that yet but they do grow up so very quickly

        The good news tod

      • Wednesday 27th. August, 2014 – Progress and ... disaster

        The real hot summer days are past for this year at least – but the evening skies continue to be spectacular, as this picture shows

        Up and walked Mix before Tom arrived and we got started on the bargeboard for the summer house end of the bothy. We got the job done, but it pro

      • Tuesday 26th. August, 2014 – Just working away

        This is actually a picture which I took yesterday in the late afternoon when Mix and I went for a walk along Bramble Avenue. The combine is cutting down the grain in the field diagonally opposite Mount Pleasant and is followed by another tractor (just out of shot) which is collecting up

      • Monday 25th. August, 2014 – A busy day at Mount Pleasant

        Well, there was certainly room for improvement but what a lot we have done today and how tidy the courtyard looks after just one day’s work on it. This is only Monday – wait until the end of the week and see the improvements by then

        Got up at seven so that I could have eve

      • Sunday 24th. August, 2014 – A Happy Sunday (the gathering in of the harvest continues all around us)

        Rowan was waiting at the fence to welcome Rachel when she returned from evensong this evening – Rowan is so full of life and everything sends her into outbursts of unrestrained joy. It must be wonderful to be a puppy

        Got up, showered and walked Mix. It was another lovely mor

      • Saturday 23rd. August, 2014 – The Harvest is all around us

        A picture of Mount Pleasant taken during Mix and my walk this morning. I’m taking pictures through the year to see how things change. Everything is still very green around our farm steading. Now that the harvest has all but been gathered in I expect that it will not be long before we s

      • Friday 22nd. August, 2014 – David and I make progress

        David pictured with one of the eight lamps with which we are to illuminate the courtyard. We hope to have this done early next week because next weekend we will have our event in the Stables and by the time it ends it will, of course, be dark

        Woke and walked Mix before b

      • Thursday 21st. August, 2014 – Mum goes to Edinburgh

        When I walked Mix this morning we saw this combine harvester. It was away at the far side of the field but my camera has a zoom lense so I had a shot at capturing it. This morning it was bucketing with rain and the farmers had obviously tried to get as much in as they could before the ra

      • Wednesday 20th. August, 2014 – Rachel journeys south

        The fields all around us are a beautiful golden brown – we haven’t been harvested yet, although further afield most have been. Our fish-man (who delivers to us once a week) says that these fields are really requiring to be harvested. Rain is forecast so I expect that we shall see som

      • Tuesday 19th. August, 2014 – Our trip to the Festival Fringe

        This picture was taken from outside the door of the ‘Jack’ Dome within the Edinburgh Students’ Union and it looks down on the Union lounge where Rachel and I enjoyed a splendid lunch before going into the Dome to watch “Lorraine and Alan” which, as the text will explain, we rea

      • Monday 18th. August, 2014 – And there was light!

        The wonderful moment this afternoon when the lights were turned on and we moved from a dull barn to a first-rate weaving facility, thanks to David and his work over recent weeks. I keep saying that once one is retired there are no longer any deadlines. In this case that wasn’t quite tr

      • Sunday 17th. August, 2014 – A relaxing Sunday with a Test Match to enjoy

        When we arrived at Church there were already quite a number of cars parked along the lane, so by the time we had parked it was quicker for us to walk in through the back gate. As a result I noticed this view of the Church which had previously passed me by. I only had my telephone with wh

      • Saturday 16th. August, 2014 -- Saturday, I really enjoy Saturdays

        This evening I ran Mum up to Gavinton and dropped her outside the village hall where they were having a cinema evening. The film this evening was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Mum was joining some of her friends for this entertainment. I was taken back to the days when we used to ru

      • Friday 15th. August, 2014 – We did a lot and had a good night out

        I took this picture this evening when we went out with Mum to celebrate the total completion of the sale of her house – the money had arrived in her bank account and everything was sorted

        Up, walked Mix and breakfasted in the farm house. Tom arrived and we set about completi

      • Thursday 14th. August, 2014 – Working at my desk almost all day

        Mix and I pass up this road several times each day. I never take a picture of the road in this direction – always pointing my camera off to one side or the other, or sometimes in the opposite direction back at the farmhouse itself. But tonight as we walked – it had been wet and it wa

      • Wednesday 13th. August, 2014 – Certainly not as expected

        I woke up this morning, the forecast wasn’t great, but seeing that it wasn’t actually raining I quickly showered and set off with Mix for his walk. It was actually very beautiful, I didn’t have my camera with me but I did have my telephone and so I took this picture of ‘where I l

      • Tuesday 12th. August, 2014 – Great Fun

        Today was wet – not nearly as wet as was forecast but wet enough to make jaunting around outside unwise; especially if, as a retired gentleman, it wasn’t really required. So I gave myself over to an intensive course in the operation of Twitter. Those who read this diary regularly wil

      • Monday 11th. August, 2014 – The aftermath of Hurricane Bertha

        Sometimes there really isn’t very much to photograph but my diary entry requires a picture. So today I went into the Stables where the Loom is now housed and took a picture of the trunking – the while plastic trunking visible above the Loom itself. In fact David has created a skeleto

      • Sunday 10th. August, 2014 – We await the tail of Hurricane Bertha

        Today started fine but, as forecast, became extremely wet. Often rain doesn’t notice in photographs but you can catch the atmosphere from the picture and the rather forlorn sun shade over the table at the back door of the Granary – Rachel won’t be breakfasting here tomorrow
      • Saturday 9th. August, 2014 – A very relaxed Saturday

        Outside the summer house, this is a line up of my Aunt Margaret and her family with Mum. From the left: Tim, Mum, Aunt Margaret, Robert, Evan, Katie

        Really enjoyed my regular Saturday morning sleep in followed by a walk with Mix. I had no plans for today and was determined to

      • Friday 8th. August, 2014 – We get started and do rather well until the weather comes in

        Well, it is the middle of the afternoon and one side of the roofing felt has almost been completed. We have to stop now because a storm is only a few minutes away but we have done well – Tom is on the ladder beside the Bothy and David is on the roof while Rachel ensures that the ladder

      • Thursday 7th. August, 2014 – Quite a frustrating day

        Finally, just after lunch we succeeded in starting on the roofing felt. The picture shows Tom just after the first strip has been successfully installed

        Rose, walked Mix and breakfasted in the farmhouse. Tom and I intended to start on the roofing felt but then we remembered th

      • Wednesday 6th. August, 2014 – A day with nothing to report

        This afternoon I ventured into the Hen House with a view to start sorting things out. I suppose I knew this was going to be a pointless exercise because I had nowhere to start putting things and also because it was raining so I couldn’t take things outside. So after a bit of a look aro

      • Tuesday 5th. August, 2014 – Making progress

        Today’s picture is of Tom’s trailer – but a trailer filled with roofing felt marks a significant step forward for us here. The roof has been completed, now we have to cover it and that work will start as soon as the weather permits

        Up, walked Mix and breakfasted in the f

      • Monday 4th. August, 2014 -- Back to Work

        By the end of the day the sarking on the Bothy was almost completed. We have achieved a great deal today – almost completing the sarking (tongue and groove larch so that it looks good from inside) and we have completed the extensions at the far side of the roof. Tomorrow we will have a

      • Sunday 3rd. August, 2014 – Back to normality

        Suddenly all of the crops are turning gold – many have already been harvested but this is field across the road from where we live

        Up this morning and walked Mix before breakfasting in the farmhouse (for the first time for more than a week). Rachel and I set off for Cranshaw

      • Saturday 2nd. August, 2014 – My Godmother comes to visit

        A picture of Mum and her sister Agnes, my God-mother, sitting in the summer house this afternoon

        Slept in until just after nine, got up, showered and walked Mix. At this point I had planned to go off to the Duns Show but Mum had arranged that my Godmother, Aunt Agnes, would co

      • Friday 1st. August, 2014 – The long trip home

        Back in the Marina, life goes on as normal as the crane prepares to lift three boats out to have their bottoms blacked

        We slept in a bit, well almost until nine and then I got up and walked Mix along the tow path, back towards the Rolls Royce works and then back to the boat fo

      • Thursday 31st. July, 2014 --- Back to Barnoldswick

        We are on our way home and this picture was taken just after we came through the double bridge at East Marton

        I was up at eight and walked Mix and Rowan until nine, going all the way back to the lock beside which we moored the night before last. Back at the boat everyone was u

      • Wednesday 30th. July, 2014 – Gargrave to Gargrave

        Rachel and Rowan beside 'The Young Rachel' right in the heart of Skipton

        We ended up today back where we started – at Gargrave. Strictly that’s not true because we started the day outside Gargrave and ended it back inside (up the three locks which start one on th

      • Tuesday 29th. July, 2014 --- From East Marton to Gargrave

        It wasn't so nice when we got underway today -- the crew were all in foul weather gear

        I woke about eight, got up and set off for an hour’s walk with Mix to give everyone some space to get themselves sorted out. Rachel went for a shorter walk with Rowan and when I retur

      • Monday 28th. July, 2014 --- We journey south.

        This evening we moored just outside East Marton in a lovely spot on this most beautiful of canals

        The alarm went off at 5.30 a.m. and we were up, abluted, dogs exercised, packed – Rachel, Mix, Rowan and me – and on the road by 6.20 a.m., arriving uneventfully at Barnoldswi

      • Sunday 27th. July, 2014 – Our Day at the Commonwealth Games

        Olive and Digger settle in for the journey from Berwick to Edinburgh -- the first stage of our journey to the Commonwealth Games

        I don’t suppose that we would ever have thought of going to the Commonwealth Games had we not been given tickets by my nephew and his wife as a Ch

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