Into May

We hope you and your families are safe and well. Mike and I are fine and Mull is a lovely place to be in this crisis with a great community and positive spirit. We are very lucky to have open spaces on the doorstep.

We have had a wonderful spell of Weather, sunshine every day and warm. As we leave April the sun is still out but cooler and a wee bit of rain including a hail shower. Our weather is not boring!

Needless to say we are missing seeing all of our guests. The self catering is very quiet and we should be out taking tours. We are looking forward to re aquainting with our regular visitors and meeting new ones. 

Because its cooler the views are spectacular, the mountains are so clear, some still have a bit of snow on the tops. The trees are starting to come out and the bright yellow gorse smells of coconut. Primroses everywhere with the bluebells just showing. Lots and lots of bees around, especially bumble bees.

Wildlife, spring is certainly here with lots of our summer visitors around and displaying. The bird song is fantastic. Mull is never too busy but even quieter just now due to circumstances. We can hear birds all around us.

As we are mainly in the Garden, Mike has been very busy making it look lovely, we are really getting to know the wildlife in it. We have Starlings nesting in the eaves and can watch them popping in and out for a quick feed. There are pairs of Greenfinch, Goldfinch, chaffinch, siskins, blackbirds, song thrush and house sparrows. There is a secretive pair of Dunnock as well. The collared dove is sitting well on her nest in the hawthorn tree next to our back door and we are visited by a pair of common Gulls.

 

We have had a garden warbler and a willow warbler around as well as a greater spotted woodpecker.

Over the Garden, White tailed sea eagle, buzzard and curlew. Night time brings tawny and barn owl calling from the woodland and snipe sounding like a rusty bed spring and a bat or two.

The pond is busy as well with tadpoles, newts, frogs, water boatmen, pond skaters, diving beetle and whirligig beetles. We have spent quite a lot of time watching the damselfly nymph emerging and turning into a full damselfly. Fascinating to watch.

Our walks are taking us locally usually loch na keal, or the woodlands near us. We also mange to get a bit further away as Mike has some remote work on a farm. This gives me the chance to go on a longer walk. We have seen hen harrier and both white tailed and golden eagles. Red deer and lots of skylark, meadow and tree pipits. Wheatear, common sandpiper and lapwing.

We have struggled to see otters recently, mainly because we are not covering the areas where we usually see them and we are not sitting waiting and watching.

As we wait patiently to find out what the next few weeks and months with bring we will continue to enjoy where we live. The restrictions cant go on forever and we will be welcoming everyone to Mull when its all over. 

Stay safe and thank you for all the positive and suppotive comments. They are really apreciated.

Jacqui and Mike