A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Banks, logs, weeds

We have had a bit of a varied day today! The weather was nice and fairly windless (hooray!), so we could pretty much pick and choose what we did.

Oddly, this morning we chose to get our ISA situation sorted out before the end of the tax year. What fun telephone banking is. Is it only me, or do others think that the interest rate is so low on savings that you might as well stick your dosh under the mattress?! The British government is encouraging people to continue to save money, but motivation is low when you can’t earn anything on it!

Next, on to more log cutting and burning! A more cheerful task than dealing with the bank, that’s for sure. Kenton discovered that a couple of the logs were really nice and straight, good for saving for planks, so he was trying to move them from the forest track and into a tidy pile. He reckons that they each weighed about 600+ pounds! He moved them using ropes and pulling them. I suggested that we harness the dogs and use them to pull out the logs, but Kenton didn’t think that was a workable plan for some reason. So the dogs ‘helped’ by chewing the ends of the logs as he tried to pull them. Nice.

After lunch, I weeded the herb garden, and Kenton strimmed. Our nephew is visiting from Minnesota in early May, so we are starting now to tidy around the house! The herb garden looks great, by the way – my sage and rosemary plants are huge! The chives and bay are also doing well, as is the thyme, oregano and lemon thyme. I put a ‘potato mint’ plant in the herb garden today – not sure why it is called that, but Kenton’s uncle Victor says that’s what they’re called! Hmm….a less than reliable source!

Here’s a picture of one of the first honeybees of the spring – he’s still sleepy, so Kenton could take the photo!

Sleepy bee (photo by Kenton Smith)

Sleepy bee (photo by Kenton Smith)

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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