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March 2011

Mid March and there is a sensation of heat in the sun. My word that is welcome this year and to hear the pigeons cooing, the mallards chasing and mating and many other birds singing in the trees is a pleasure after such a long,hard winter.

March has been one of the driest on record which has allowed us to get on with many jobs that are much easier without rain. The ponds have been emptied of silt, tons and tons of it, which has been slowly filling our ponds and the Japanese garden pools. The mallard drakes look odd at this time of year. Quietly sitting about in wee huddles silently waiting.......waiting on the ducks who are away up in the woods laying and when they come back to drink or clean up there is mayhem as unattached drakes mercilously chase the females. This can,at times, look quite brutal with females submerged beneath squabbling males. Other species of duck donít seem to behave in this way, pairing off with a bit of decency and going about their business quietly. No grey squirrels so far this season. I may be tempting fate but could it be that the national control programme is working? I said last year that I was very sceptical about the chances of success but to have not seen any greys in the past 10 months is encouraging. Reds on the other hand are very active just now and easily seen when the trees are leafless. The refurbished Corriebruach House is almost finished. We have completely revamped the garden area and it has been hard work getting the lawns all level and seeded after major disruption from building works, but itís almost done now and new lawns should soon be a feature of the house.

We have been so busy that we havenít managed much routine garden work,recently. That will have to change shortly with borders needing to be tidied and fed, vegetables planted, the cut flower beds sown out and the putting green cut....much to do but a joy to work in warmer weather again and I think it might be the year of the spring bulb! Despite the long hard winter the snowdrops and crocuses are a wonderful show and the daffodils look well and are about to burst into colour.Erythronium dens-canis (common name Dog's tooth violet)see pic right, has appeared again on the drive to the lodges and seems to have produced a second plant, strange how some plants seem to appear out of the blue. Innes

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Innes raised a fantastic £1,052.00 for Marie Curie Cancer Care cycling in the Etape Caledonia.
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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