12 Days of Christmas

Seaweed on Ardivachar beach

Day 10: Gifts from the sea Kelp on Ardivachar Beach If your garden has sandy or clay soil, or you prefer to use organic fertiliser, then the offer of an agricultural trailer full of kelp (about 10 tons) should make you smile like a Cheshire cat. If you are trying seaweed in it's natural state… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas

In a Vase Monday – Sea Sculpture

Horrid Henry is trying to blow the roof off today, so even for Rambling Cathy, I'm not inclined to go searching for the shredded primroses which are stubbornly flowering in a corner of the cottage garden. I very rarely pick a bunch, although they grow in abundance, as they lighten up a few dark nooks… Continue reading In a Vase Monday – Sea Sculpture

Marine harvest

When descends on the Atlantic The gigantic Storm-wind of the equinox, Landward in his wrath he scourges The toiling surges, Laden with seaweed from the rocks: Seaweed, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Exactly a year ago, I wrote about the kelp forests which lie offshore to the west of the Outer Hebrides and are part of the… Continue reading Marine harvest

Who’s been walking on my beach?

Year of Natural Scotland - Winter Treasure Hunt I have always loved the seaside in winter and on crisp sunny mornings I need no encouragement to abandon the domestic chores and take a walk on Ardivachar beach. Perfect for a solitary meander, watching the wading birds feeding along the tide edge and scanning the horizon… Continue reading Who’s been walking on my beach?

Hidden Forests

Year of Natural Scotland - Beneath the Waves The wind is rising and the rain is hammering against the window. As high tide approaches the waves are pounding the ancient rocks creating fountains of spray. The grey sea merges with the low cloud, obscuring the horizon in the fading light. The very epitome of a… Continue reading Hidden Forests