What a waste!

The photo below shows part of a pile of spruce logs I saw on yesterday's .

This is a very common sight on forestry plantations. The piles are uneconomic for the transport trucks to collect. However, at 60-70 cm diameter they are much too big to be collected by hand. Permits are available to collect the discarded wood, BUT chainsaws aren't allowed.

The result is the wood is left to rot. This pile alone would've be enough for one household for a whole year.

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr

Hoping to use these to grow my own Nigellas.

My favourite Christmas card of 2018.

Still to receive lots of Christmas cards (probably), but there is no way 9 Scotties in cosy jumpers can be beaten.

Especially for @inAktion
my griddled halloumi (lunchtime today).

This time I noticed lots of squeaks (perhaps I wasn't paying attention last time).

Can you believe this: "Dinner for One" or "Der 90. Geburtstag" has never been shown on television in the UK?

The comedy sketch, shown on New Year's Eve (Silvester) every year since 1963, has become an institution across Europe, even though Freddie Frinton & May Warden deliver all the dialogue in English.

Dinner for One will be shown on UK TV this year, 55 years after it was made.

Balance on the BBC?

On a four person panel they install two Tories. Well, that's one definition of balance.

Actually, Hilary Benn is also a Tory (just pretends he isn't). So, that's 3 out of 4.

I'm not convinced Vince Cable isn't a Tory (4/4)

Photo from this morning's . I had to go out of my way to find some clouds in the sky. Why couldn't I get some sky like this from 0000 to 0200? Sods law, that's why.

Forecast for tonight: cloudy & windy.

Oh well, it was lovely weather for the walk & Neachdainn enjoyed it, too.

Rumour has it Jean-Claude Juncker (EU President) specifically chose a *green* tie for his meeting with Theresa May, today.

Think: Irish Backstop. 😃

What can I do with a block of Feta (cheese). I know: Stuffed Carnival Squash.

Cut squash in half. Scoop out seeds. Place generous amount of butter & garlic in the resultant holes. Bake covered in 200°C oven for ~1 hour. Scoop out squash flesh. Add mustard, salt & pepper to flesh. Mash all with a fork. Fill squash shells with the mashed ingradients. Bake uncovered at 200°C for ~25 minutes.


Full recipe on the website, soon.

Free Forcadell

Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, has been held in prison for 266 days (pre-trial) for allowing a debate on self-determination.

It's Wednesday, it must be

On our first day with the dog, we had a long journey back home. Our first stop was at the beach. What an adventure for an 8 week old puppy.

The "Have I Got News For You" simple guide to Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement.

The photo below is a graphic illustration of the rapid demise of landline telephones.

The Highlands & Islands telephone directory was never huge. Received the latest version today, and it is absolutely miniscule.

How much longer can the service last?

The Scottish Job

Inspired by The Italian Job (1969)

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of a packet of Brussels sprouts, as I wanted to ridicule the silly marketing phrase: "Honest British Produce".

Today, I noticed the phrase used by the supermarket has changed to: "Honest Scottish Produce". The packet has also received a Saltire design.

Source of the sprouts is unchanged, they come from East Lothian.

Interesting, that a German owned supermarket, Lidl, have changed their promotional message.

Some film trivia part 1

Maggie Smith (Brodie) was married to Robert Stephens (Lloyd).

Gordon Jackson (Lowther) was married to Rona Anderson (Lockart).

Celia Johnson's (MacKay) most famous role was Laura (the wife) in Brief Encounter (1945).


The film would fail without a strong performance from the titular character. Maggie Smith doesn't disappoint. She gives a powerhouse performance throughout, thoroughly deserving her Oscar for Best Actress. Particularly notable was her set-to with the headmistress, verbal fireworks.

Smith is ably supported by Celia Johnson (headmistress) & Pamela Franklin (Sandy).

There are only two male characters (not surprising considering the setting) and both are there to demonstrate Miss Brodie's control.

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