Long awaited spring

With signs of warmer weather, we look forward to regaining a sense of normality once the lockdown lifts

It seems that alongside higher temperatures we are also getting good news on the vaccine roll-out, the lifting of the lockdown, and phased re-opening of schools. We parents probably have now a renewed respect for our children’s teachers and will be more than happy to say goodbye to homeschooling. We can see children glad to meet their friends again in this issue’s Kids’ Chronicle. In the Heritage pages, we look at pillboxes and other defence structures erected eighty years ago. Did you know there are more than 16 still standing? And with the WW2 theme, we learn about a failed nazi propaganda broadcaster from Alness, Lord Mac Haw Haw, and read about what it was to live with so many troops stationed nearby. We welcome Jason Gardiner to tell us about the work of our emergency services. Ashley Smith gives us great tips to watch otters in the wild. Jean Wilkinson explains all about home composting. While in the garden, why not place a swift nest box to help this endangered species? And finally, if you happen to pass by Culrain, look out for the delicious creations in the Breaking Bread Honesty Box.

by Silvia Muras, Editor

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