As we drove across Rumbling Bridge, Bunty, one of our resident red squirrels, ran ahead of us on the parapet clutching a nut. “Off to squirrel it away - eh?” I quipped and caught members of the family giving each other that ‘not another terrible joke from Mum’ look.
However, it’s time to bring in the harvest in ‘ere the winter winds and storms begin. We all seem to go into work mode in autumn – it must be some ancient life force at work stirring us to kick off summers dream and get on with storing things up. At school, the students suddenly have their heads down and start solving quadratic equations instead of larking around the athletics track.
The swallows start massing in serious numbers on the telegraph wires discussing wind direction and the long-range weather forecast over the Pyrenees instead of drifting on the warm air currents around the house. The farmers doggedly drive their combines up and down the fields day and night, night and day.
In the village, we are celebrating the Harvest coming in. We are invited to Summerfest @thefield on Brae Street on Sunday 3rd September and to Big Apple Day at the Community Orchard on Saturday 9th 11:30 – 2:30. For those welcoming the opening of the shooting season there is a chance to get your eye in at the Clay Shoot up at Amulree on the 10th and If you need to rest your ears at the end of the day you can go along to the service of Songs and Silence - 6:30pm at the Cathedral.
However, if it’s squirrels you’re after then there are two great opportunities. For our younger members of the community (2-5’s) there is an opportunity for an outing with Sandy the Squirrel and the NTS rangers on the 6th and for anyone else wanting to connect with their ‘inner squirrel’there is a ‘Nuts about Squirrels’ day at Loch of the Lowes on the 10th.
We are also invited this month to participate in ‘Dunkeld & Birnam Unplugged’ a week of events (3rd – 10th) to encourage us to take the challenge of climate change more seriously. This includes making a personal pledge of action. I’m thinking about making mine an e-bike for Christmas. Not only will this help save the planet but will also mean when that I see squirrels I can share my jokes with them – I’m sure they will appreciate them much more than my family. It will also help me cycle back up the hill from the village to Meikle Logie – always a bit of a struggle – particularly that last hill from Rumbling Bridge to Kennacoil – guaranteed to have all squirrels and normal people (excepting Jon Soal and Kevin Lancaster here who will just race each other up the hill) gasping for air.
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