Rainbows, Eagles & Hawks

Monday started with some pretty ominous skies. Moody and impressive but finished off with a corker.

As the sun went down there was a pretty spectacular rainbow over Gruinard Bay & Laide.

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The views from the house change on a daily basis & most of them stop us in our tracks.

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The garden birds got the fright of their lives a couple of days ago, one minute they were enjoying an alfresco supper the next they were off & hidden in the bushes as a shadow appeared over the house from the huge flying barn door!!!!! aka a White Tailed Sea Eagle. By the time we had managed to get the camera out it had covered a mile or two & was just a dot in the distance, soaring over the bay.

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The poor birds were again making a dash for it the next day when low & behold in flew a Sparrowhawk, it perched on the garden fence post for a few seconds, realised everyone had scarpered and so flew away to find some other unsuspecting victims. As you can see from the big blank space, we didn’t get to the camera in time.

Great British Bake Off ….. Gairloch Style

Last Saturday was the day of the Gairloch show, so we thought we’d give it a whirl & enter a couple of baked goodies to be judged. There were lots of categories to enter including Fruit & Vegetables, Jams & Preserves, Cakes, Scones, Biscuits, Bread, Floral Displays, Paintings, Needlework, Knitting & Photography.

We made some Hot Cross Buns for the ‘Fancy Bread’ category

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A White loaf for the ‘Yeast Cookery’ category

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Some Shortbread for the you guessed it ‘Shortbread’ category & some Scones for the surprise surprise ‘Scone’ category

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And finally a little embroidered wall hanging for the ‘Needlework’ category

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We didn’t do too badly for newbies to the show, the Hot Cross Buns got 1st prize, the white loaf also got 1st prize and the Shortbread got 1st prize too so we were pretty chuffed all in all.

Hopefully next year we’ll be able to enter some vegetables although we don’t expect to win any prizes as the competition is fierce.