Author Archives Steph Cope

  • On Glengorm, the annual cycle of the farm is once again in motion. March brought the arrival of our first Highland calves, and, the first few precious days of good weather. Highland cows like to give birth in private. When their time is near, they leave the main group and set off in search of […]

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  • On Tuesday the 25th of February, at 9am GMT, the parallel universes of Farming and Ineptitude collided. I don’t usually help out with our livestock – for good reason – so when opportunity knocked I was most pleased. The Glengorm farm is a man-zone of tractors, male posturing and humorous banter. It is a place where […]

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  • Mull has a larger-than-average quota of celebrity species. Indeed, there are days when I can scarcely keep up with all the A-List eagle action. Nevertheless, my top wildlife moments have come from more mundane quarters this week. Around our shores, herons are very much like streetlights: they’re tall, grey and stationed reliably every fifty meters. […]

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  • As those of you who live on Mull will know, it has scarcely stopped raining for the last two months. The road that leads past the Coffee Shop and to our house is now an attractive drive-thru burn […and the brakes on my car have never been so well lubricated]. This new water feature continues […]

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  • I do not habitually wind-up Owls. But late last night, I succumbed to a black and sinful temptation. I often walk George at dusk, taking him out for a final chance to “commune with nature” before we all go to bed. The light has been failing noticeably earlier: creatures of the night now find themselves […]

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  • Sunday afternoon, and conditions were appalling. Doors blew open, windows jolted and George glared at me from under the table. He is not fond of “using the facilities” during inclement weather. Mysteriously though, he overcame these precious tendencies once a chance to raid the Coffee Shop bins presented itself. George was in mighty hot water […]

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  • I usually enjoy writing blog posts for Glengorm. But today, the words seem heavy and reluctant. The news broke this morning that in England, Hen Harriers have completely failed to breed this year. The birds now face the very real prospect of extinction as a breeding species, and the titanic media battle between conservation bodies […]

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  • Suddenly, the brown vegetation of winter gives way to fresh life and colour. The grass has sprung into action – coating our dusty fields in a cool green cloak. Orchids glow between the tussocks like purple jewels, and Thrift blooms in delicate clumps among the rocks. Thrift in bloom close to Flat Rock – last night, an […]

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  • The beautiful weather of the last three weeks has finally broken. Although the herby smell of warm, dry grass was delicious the smell of smoke rising from the resultant wildfires was much less so. The distillery in Tobermory had to pause production because of the drought (a tragedy!) and Mull was officially – if briefly […]

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  • So, it’s been a little while since the last Blog. Why? Because it’s sunny! I’ve been outside soaking it up… Daffodil shoots can already be seen peeking cautiously out from between the clods of soil near my house. The great tits that inhabit the wooded path have been filling the air with their ‘teacher-teacher’ spring […]

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