Clava Cairns Picnic

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Three of us met in central Inverness and took bus to Culloden visitor centre where we grabbed a coffee and delicious cheese scones. We enjoyed eating them looking at the moors and observing little wagtails searching for crumbs under the tables. After the coffee we walked down to Clava which took around 30 minutes. The weather was lovely, warm and sunny. You could smell dog roses in the air when walking pass the bridge. We arrived at Clava and set up picnic under big Birch Trees. We brought with us three cheerful Trolls which enjoyed the picnic as much as we did.

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We were soon joined by one more and enjoyed chatting about fairies, poltergeists and entheogenic experiences nibbling on some pumpkin pastry and elderflower and rhubarb Racuchy.

Racuchy were loved by everyone and disappeared very quickly. It’s a Polish snack resembling a pancake. You can use different kind of fruit to make them, also you can do some savoury ones with wild mushrooms, or plain ones to serve with different toppings. Here is a recipe using raspberries: http://noonionplease.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/racuchy-polish-mini-pancakes-with-fruits/ I like to drizzle them with honey and sprinkle with some cinnamon instead of using icing sugar or cream and I do not add sugar to my batter, especially not for savoury ones!!! Racuchy taste amazing with some grated pumpkin instead of fruit!

Each one of us took some time to stroll around the cairns and take in the atmosphere and spirit of the place.

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On our way back to Culloden we met a couple of Shrews running nervously along the road. It looked like a passing car startled them. We stopped for  moment to watch them and decided to leave them to find safety on their own. After arriving in the visitor centre we had some amazing rose cordial before saying goodbye. It has been a lovely and very relaxing afternoon.

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Stroll in Merkinch Reserve.

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It was a lovely Summer evening. We strolled along the Caledonian Canal in a bright sunshine and arrived at the Witches Coffin Pool. Cool refreshing breeze from the waters of the firth was filling the air with smell of the sea. We observed birds walking in the mud flats exposed by low tide. Few herons flew pass as we walked the narrow path between two ponds. Blooming honeysuckles and wild roses filled the air with intoxicating scent. Whizzing calls of a Greenfinch reached our ears and we watched a duck with few ducklings foraging by the reed beds. We walked further to the Silver Pool where we noticed a flock of elusive birds perched on a tree. We finished our stroll by watching heron catching fishes before we retraced our steps back to the canal.

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The walk was very relaxing and pleasant. We will definitely repeat it some other time! Meanwhile we’re hoping that the weather will hold for our Saturday picnic in Culloden.