This immensely enjoyable and thought provoking book, the latest in a series dealing with John Lister-Kaye's personal Highland odyssey, tackles a local subject, his daily walk around a small loch, less than 5 acres in area, both as an exercise in skilful nature writing and as a microcosm for what is going on, both positively and negatively, in the wider natural world. Like his late friend and mentor, Gavin Maxwell, of Ring of Bright Water fame, JLK has a skilled naturalist's eye, honed over thirty years of familiarity with the same small fragment of Highland landscape, coupled with a poet's talent for penetrating description and deep engagement with his reader's psyche. But this is no cosy exercise in romantic self indulgence so be prepared to be led out of your comfort zone, at times, into a world of globally important topics such as the energy cycle and overpopulation. However, if there is one lasting message to come out of this book it is that only through such intimate and protracted involvement with nature, on a local scale, does one stand any chance of discovering one's true self. An excellent read, very highly recommended.