1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Little Bit of This and That

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Little Bit of This and That

Those of you who also read the blog of my brother CJ, John, Scriptor Senex will have a reasonable idea of what has been happening in Eagleton over the last few weeks whilst CJ has been here and since Jo arrived earlier in the week.

The Nighthawk has had its brain re-programmed and is now as right as rain and raring to take me and my visitors wherever they may wish to wander. This particular journey was with CJ to Callanish.


CJ and I went to the shore at Barvas accompanied by magnificent skies:


 and whilst CJ searched for pebbles I photographed the surfers


CJ and Jo at the Butt of Lewis with CJ using Jo as a photographer's rest to photograph a gannet


On the way from Ness I was left musing as to what the Council was doing allowing such a plethora of road signs on a main road where the high volume of traffic (note position of tongue when uttering this statement) could cause a pile-up whist drivers' concentration was distracted. 


If anyone thinks that the people of Lewis in general and Ness in particular are staid and unimaginative then think again. However the real reason I included this was so that Spesh would suddenly realise that David had a job to do before this 'summer' is over.


The weather has been such that the young sparrow have been sheltering from the strong cold winds and taking advantage of the stones warmed by the sun at the same time.


 or sheltering in the lee of the garage. It's a hard life arriving in the world to a 'summer' like this.


32 comments:

  1. Yes, it is a truly magnificent sky. Love that photo!! It is so nice to read that your brother blogs as well. It would make for very interesting discussions....

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    1. Yes CountryMum we are rarely short of conversation that's for sure. Not that, being brothers, we feel the need constantly to converse: we are happy being silent together.

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  2. Love that long meandering road! From the road signs nearly everything happens around to the left, so the authorities really only need to point to Port Nes. The owner of the pink gate is covering all bases with the horseshoe and the love heart - cute!

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    1. Well Pauline soon you'll be able to see it all for yourself. Don't forget your camera (as if you would).

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  3. I thought I'd repay you with a visit, Graham. :)

    Wonderful photos...and between you and Yorky, I'm going to need a new pair of hiking boots! You're both taking me along trails I never thought I'd wander!

    I love the photo of the sparrows...poor little things...I feel their cold. I've not seen a sparrow here where I live in such a long time. It has been said the myna birds are the cause of the depletion of the sparrow population in many areas.

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    1. Thank you Lee. Where I lived in New Zealand it was always said that where there were myna birds one would never find starlings. Interestingly there were plenty of myna birds and few starlings ten years ago where I lived but last year the position seemed to have reversed.

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  4. I'd have to stop to read all the sighs and then some are not in English. You live in a very beautiful area.

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    1. Thank you Red. I do. But then so do you. We are both fortunate.

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  5. The sky and clouds are striking, and I like the pink gate and the sheltering sparrows.

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    1. Thank you Terra. My only concern for the sparrows was the local cats.

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  6. Red isn't alone. It's a nightmare driving around in the summer.

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    1. Adrian I find the plethora of signposts all over the UK is often a hindrance rather than a help.

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  7. These are great pictures, as is always the case on your blog, Graham. Those poor little sparrows! I suppose when they come into the world during a summer like this, more than usual do not survive their first half year. But that's nature.

    The picture of CJ and Jo is one I find very touching.

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    1. Meike I suspect that you are correct about the sparrow mortality rate. I'm glad the CJ and Jo photo struck a chord.

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  8. Is that your pink gate with the heart cut-out and the lucky horseshoe? Good to see that you are not afraid to reveal your feminine side Graham.

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    1. I have to say, YP, that my feminine side doesn't run to pink gates!

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  9. Glad to hear that your beloved Nighthawk is back up and running smoothly and now all is right in your world again.
    It's been nice having CJ post every day and keep us all abreast of the happenings and I believe you used that to cop out for a while...very smart.
    I'm happy that CJ and Jo are enjoying their visit with you.
    Love that pretty pink gate.

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    1. Thanks Virginia. I know you feel the same about Beast as well.

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  10. I'd be tempted to follow all the signs just to find out what they're pointing to. I'd probably go straight forward first though, just in case! ;) Lovely views in the pictures before. Glad you got some good photo weather for Callanish. (Will we get to see the standing stones again too? Please?) Lucky Pauline who will soon get to see it all for herself... Wish you both some photogenic weather then as well!

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    1. Monica you wouldn't have to go far in any direction whichever road you took. It may be a while before I manage to get some new photos of the standing stones. It really needs special light to get a special picture.

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  11. Pink Gate? Oh wouldn't I just love that. However, I would have to have a pink fence to go with it and I don't think David would agree to that one do you? Love the baby sparrows too.

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    1. Somehow I can't see David agreeing to do it. But perhaps if you got up really really early one summer morning....!

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  12. I feel like those sparrows at the moment. WHAT has happened to the weather?

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    1. Frances I'm afraid we've had it like this for months: the worst 'summer' in my four decades on Lewis. But wotthehellarchiewotthehell it could always be worse.

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  13. I thought this summer it had been too hot up in the northern hemisphere? Or did the heat run out before it got up to you Geeb?

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    1. Kate I think some parts that I know of - particularly in France and Spain - have had high temperatures but we've now had the wettest May/June/July on record and it's cold too: I'm still wearing long sleeves (the first time for 10 years).

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  14. A nice glimpse of your life, Graham. What a beautiful place you live in. I love the cover photo on your Google connect page. Those wonderful hilltops!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Yes I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and I never tire of it although I can understand that a city dweller might find it far too remote after a while.

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  15. And I too am sorry for the birds. Just as well that they are bird brains and probably don't remember that summers are supposed to be warm and balmy.

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    1. Yes, Jenny, as this is the first summer for those little ones they might get a pleasant surprise next year.

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