Friday, November 24, 2017

Logs and cottage stoves



We coppice wood, mainly sycamore for the cottage log burners
11.1.2014 - The weekend volunteers

 Log splitting into the log mangers for seasoning


Trailer loads to the cottage log bins






A few hours and a ton of  oak and ash off cuts
are harvested into logs








The truncator
 Holds several lengths of wood instead of sawing up one branch at a time 
with a 2nd person holding the other end.

 Then tip straight into a barrow or trailer. 

Log deliveries if we can't harvest enough

Cottage Fuel (2 baskets of logs, a bucket of coal and a moderate use of electricity  included
but an honesty donation system for extra wood, coal and heavy electricity usage
would be great, thanks.)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Anstruther. Isle of May


An east coast fishing village 
1 hours drive from the holiday cottage

23.10.2013. Still cooked to order


Animals.Otterston Loch, Vane farm.Edinburgh Zoo Pandas. Shetland pony knit


5 miles from holiday cottage (near Dalgety Bay)


Several variety of duck:- Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, etc.







Our woodland:-

The grass meadow paths are a favourite with the badgers,
as well as their well trodden ash paths,
passing over in to the farmer's field for a bit of straw for their bedding.
Although they are usually a dusk and dawn sighting, we have seen a mother and 2 cubs at 3 p.m. in early summer, meandering home.
What else you might see:-
Hare- Pops up all over the woodland.
Roe deer (Seen regularly in groups up to four.)
Fox ( also seen with the cub in her mouth.)
Grey squirrel.
mink, voles.
3 types of bat.
Birds:-
Buzzard, sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon, http://twitter.com/VisitBritain/status/294428139969462272/photo/1
Treecreeper, green woodpecker, long eared owl, lapwing, oystercatchers, yellowhammer,
song thrush, robin, dunnock, magpie, blackbird, chaffinch, great tit, coal tit and blue tit,
linnet (nests in front garden), woodpigeon, goldfinch, greenfinch, pied wagtail on the cottage roof,
unidentified warbler.
Swallow and swifts in summer, fieldfare and redwing in winter.
Curlew in the field in front of the front garden, common gull, geese, the odd skylark.
Pheasant nest each year and several young can be seen following mum up the grassy path to the far away orchid meadow.
December, we've seen 2 pairs of bullfinch and some long tailed tits.
Butterflies and moths.
Bugs and insects:-
Dragonflies, beetles, ants, worms...
Dormant Hawthorn shield bug spotted December 2009