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    Wildlife pictures

    On Barra we had Corncrakes on our campsite. Still hard to spot them, but in the end I was lucky!
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    Just a quick update, we're back. Everything worked as planned, no one was harmed. Caravan was easy to tow even in strong winds, but we were glad to have just the car for exploring. Those single-track-roads are indeed adventurous! I'll share some pictures soon, but first I have to sort through...
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    Wildlife pictures

    I kind of like jumping spiders. Seems like you know very well who lives with you! Do you give them names?
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    Osprey?

    Thank you all! I am really excited that I saw an osprey there, glad you confirmed it!
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    Osprey?

    A couple of days ago I saw this guy flying over our garden. Something looked unfamiliar, so I grabbed my camera and managed to get one picture before it disappeared. The image quality is not very good, for me it looks like an Osprey. I have never seen one in that area, so I am not sure. What do...
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    Bites causing blisters

    I have the same problem with some bites. Itching like crazy, and with blisters on top. Nothing helps once it's swollen and blistered. But for me it helps a lot when I rub fresh plantain leaves (Plantago lanceolate) on the bite as soon as possible. The fresh sap of the leaves prevent the...
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    Wildlife pictures

    Busy times...!
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    Wildlife pictures

    That's wonderful! Did you see them play? Excellent, as always! And I am much more comfortable with these spiders than with the orb spiders... Watching the courting spider must have been fascinating!
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    That looks like a tropical beach, Deekin! But I guess water temperatures are not that inviting. I read a lot about these wonderful beaches, and I hope to see them in calm sunny weather and on a stormy day. Love when the waves crash on the beach and rocks (but not on driving days, and not too...
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    I'm going to northern Sweden in August, too :emoji_wink: (and I'm female...)
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    Wildlife pictures

    Great pics! But I can't stand those orb spiders. Don't know why, they are fascinating creatures. But looking at them in detail makes me want to run away :sulk:
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    Haha, I enjoyed the language part, thanks! Sorry about my reaction to your driving advice, I am really thin skinned right now. We nearly had to cancel the trip again because I have (back in October) applied for a 3 week rehabilitation program for cancer patients (and survivors) and I still...
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    Foraged foods

    I am always munching away on some "weeds" while working in the garden. Hairy Bittercress is one of my favorites, too!
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    Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter to you all! I hope you have a great holiday! We're having friends over tonight for a little traditional Easter fire. I made some pesto from wild garlic and homemade bread to go along with the barbecue. The weather is great, warm and sunny, and I'm off outdoors for the rest of the...
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    Phone photography

    I have a Panasonic G80 with some really nice lenses. I have a Sony RX100III which is a lovely travel camera. And I have my iPhone7. Since I got the iPhone (earlier phone had a really bad camera) I almost never use the Sony. If photography is my main goal I bring the Panasonic (and even then I...
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    What's this plant?

    Thank you, we have one of these in the greenhouse in our garden. No idea where it came from (probably compost pile...) and no idea what plant it was. But because it's so beautiful we let it grow. Now I have a name for it, thanks!
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    Thank you. I really appreciate that you all are worried about having us on your roads. But do you all really think we don't know how to drive, or how to behave on the road? That we didn't look up what rules apply, that we don't know that you drive on the left, that you use miles and not...
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    Hebrides with Caravan in September, St. Kilda?

    We might do a day trip from Barra to the puffin colonies on Mingulay. And if it's really too boring we can always try to get an earlier spot on the ferry to Uist.
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    I'm back...! Hi from Germany!

    Thank you all! I'm close to Bielefeld. Going out in nature is never a bad idea :emoji_smile:
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    I'm back...! Hi from Germany!

    I am so sorry to hear that your brother is fighting cancer. It's always too early, I was 40 when I was diagnosed with cancer... I hope he recovers well from surgery and can enjoy life as much as possible. It's still hard, and the fear remains, and I can only guess that it's even harder for loved...