Crafted from nature

Category: Guest Room (Page 2 of 9)

Catch up post. Mainly photo story.

I was so pleased to be invited to help (with the fleeces) In the clipping shed. The sheep were very pleased to be unloading the weight.

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

The clipping shed

At the clipping shed

A short break at the clipping shed, Riona with her adorable Bo (Highland calf) and Bert (Bo’s very own pet lamb).

In the evenings I have been attempting to card and spin the wool. I have made a drop spindle and am at present getting the fleece to resemble thread! I learnt from youtube video’s and no 2 are the same so trial and much error! Time is the main factor.

We have had many visits from family and friends, sadly I have written the photos to our other hard drive and need to upload these before 7am (data allowance) So I will attempt another family and friends blog sooooooon!!

Here are some summer into Autumn photos.

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

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First snow of Winter 2016

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

 

 

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Amazing guests

These guys are professional photographers, check out their work. http://simonemondino.it

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Some things I love about the Highlands

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The terrible two. Our lovely friends black labrador over for a visit.

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Relics

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One of our favourite ruins

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Our lovely new fence on the croft. Thank you Tommy,

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On the beach at the bottom of the croft.

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beach Ben Loyal and Ben Hope

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

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From the back bedroom window.

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Dunrobin castle.

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Seals on the sandbank

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Devils bit scabious sowing it’s seeds

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

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local wildlife

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fallen from the nest but mum still fed and looked after it.

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from the front bedroom window

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most nights this week from the back bedroom window. The Aurora Borealis.

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A trip down the west coast

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First snow of 2016

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

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Walking in the Highlands of Scotland

Currently we are working flat out on the croft. We are building drystone walls, repairing tracks, fencing, planting trees etc. The daylight hours are short so sun up to sundown there is no time to waste having a break, drink, rest take photo’s etc. Another subject for the next blog. We are currently creating a track down our croft , which anyone who has visited will be aware REALLY needed attention!

Saffie is enjoying the company

Saffy is enjoying the company

 

 

Just June

The June photo blog is a bit late, we are already halfway through July… Hey ho!

One of the best things that happened in June was the first visit from eldest daughter and grandchildren, and how they have grown up in the last couple of years, from children to young ladies.

Then:

Girlies

Girlies

and now:

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Young Ladies

We spent a lovely week together, and hopefully now that they have conquered the journey once it will be less daunting next time.

Missing family and friends is the hardest cross to bear when you up sticks and move hundreds of miles away to partake in a new life journey.

Saffy enjoying day 1 of her Turmeric concoction to try to help with her sore leg.

Turmeric face

Turmeric face

Field of view

Field of view

The view from Saffy’s newly bedded out shelter, whether she uses it is yet to be seen. She has no problem coming in when we go in there. Not so sure that she will use it to shelter from the extreme weather though, only time will tell.

We took a day out in the sunshine to visit Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, an incredible castle near Wick.

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castle

and then on to see the puffins at Duncansby head

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and Puffling

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and of course see the Duncansby sea stacks, a favourite haunt of ours.

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Cherries and Apples appearing on the new trees on the croft

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apples

One of our favourites, the beautiful Butterfly Orchid.

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Bog cotton

bog cotton

Fragrant orchid and burnet moth

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Not sure what this is so ID please?

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Bruiser having a majestic moment out on the Moine

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Our first ever sighting of Red throated divers, so a very special day for us, they were on Loch Loyal.

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We had to go out because Bruiser had his jabs – it’s only 70 miles to the vet! So we dropped down to Tain and had a little walk that included going over a pedestrian suspension bridge.

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Rainbows at the bottom of the garden.

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Steves idea of a play on words…

Bruiser’s favourite tipple – a little drop of peat pool (a family favourite wine is Picpoul….. isn’t he funny?!)

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A Few other June photo’s showing off the Kyle!

The Kyle of Tongue Hostel looking splendid.

Youth Hostel looking spectacular

Sea Haar rolling in

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The sea haar later on, taken down on the beach.

Lovely furry little antlers

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Being June we have also been chock-o-block with B&B guests – after the family left we only had 1 night off for the rest of the month – and we had to block that from the calendar so that it wasn’t booked out! Fantastic stuff!

We also received our 100th five star review, which we are incredibly proud of and can’t believe we have that many already!

Thanks to the Mackaays for the following – (can also be read here: airbnb.co.uk/reviews along with all of our Guest room reviews)

“This was the best of the 7 AirBnB’s we stayed during our five weeks’ trip! Steve and Lea are wonderful hosts and have created a fabulous place to stay in the most glorious scenery imaginable. Every detail in the house has been crafted and set up for a perfect stay. Photos of the house and of the scenery are absolutely true to life. Steve’s breakfasts are a wonder and his service is impeccable. Enjoy the music, all who venture here! The ‘crafting and crofting’ lifestyle Steve and Lea have created for themselves and for others to enjoy is a delight. They are hospitable and generous hosts of the first order.”

You could not ask for a lovelier 100th review.

 

 

 

Savouring the last of winter

Savouring the last of winter

The front garden

The front garden 6th March

These last few weeks have mainly been about the snow. We love the Highland snowscapes and tend to spend as much time in the snow as we can afford

Enjoying the snow on the path to Varrich castle (Bharraich Caisteal)

Enjoying the snow on the path to Varrich castle (Bharraich Caisteal)

Steve and Myself both had Birthday trips, Steve’s (Cap’n Matt Black) we spent at The Cottage residential recording studio on the shores of Loch Fyne, with bestest bud and joint founder of The Black Wreck Music Project Defoe (Robinson Wreck). Recording some of the pirate songs they wrote together (in the Dorset Barrel) in a pro studio, we came away very happy with the results, we just need to mix and master them now. Any help with installing logic x onto our laptop would be appreciated! email us if you can help. thewoodlifeway@me.com

Whilst my Birthday we spent walking all day in the  sunny snow.

Loch Meadie

Loch Meadie

It was my absolute perfect day. Walking in the snowy mountain landscape along the side of Loch Meadie, With the Majestic Ben Loyal  Ben Hope and Ben Klibreck surrounding. We took our homemade bread and flapjacks for lunch, with our little Espresso pot of course, as we never travel without it.

Snowy walk

Snowy walk

 

Youngest daughter, her Partner and best friend and her partner drove the 700+ miles to visit us for the week in between our Birthdays which was brilliant. They had a great journey with a fantastic overnight stop in the Lake District on-route. They travelled through the snowy Cairngorms and arrived just after dark to vegetable curry and blazing wood fires. The highlight of their visit was our walk up Ben Hutig, mostly in the sunshine with the odd hail and snow periods thrown in to add drama.

Planking on-route to Ben Hutig

Planking on-route to Ben Hutig

Hat and Amy

Hat and Amy

Nearly there

Nearly there

Hutig snowcloud

Hutig snowcloud

We went from glorious views out over the Atlantic Ocean, of the Orkney Islands- to not being able to see the footprints we had just trodden. Glorious day indeed.

After the cloud

After the cloud

We also had a voucher to use from Airbnb which was about to expire and we used it to spend 2 nights in the Cairngorm national park. We stayed at Kingussie and walked up to the mountain railway and Ski lifts to watch the Ski-ers on another amazing day of sun and snow

Ski-ers on Cairngorm

 

only to awaken to a snowed in car and thoughts of another unplanned night on the road,

Overnight snow

Overnight snow

but as it happened the thickest snow had passed before leaving the Aviemore area so all was well.

 

On the home front we have been just as busy with

: Guest room – calendar already filling up with little space left for June or July and we even have bookings going into October!,

: Croft – awaiting the decision for a crofting grant to help with the fencing costs of the new planting area

: Buttons – getting some new lighter weight space saving display Trees made ready for this years new outlets, organising and cutting the new stock from this seasons prunings. (we still have a spruce branch to cut and collect from a neighbour, and already have orders for the Coasters which it will make).

: Renovation – preparing the Stone byres for their much anticipated new roofs. Trying to find dry storage for their contents whilst they are being done, and places for the new roofing material to live pre-use. As well as dismantling of the old tin roofs, trying to keep the stone walls in tact whilst completely removing all of the old timbers.

At the same time we are finding our time has to be managed to fit in the cutting and chopping of the firewood to try to keep the house warm to guest standard. Linen washing and drying in the winter.

Trying to get our new page up and running for our Wilderness music project.

Working on the packaging and marketing of the new Croft grown produce we are are adding this year.

The Snowdrops are adding their very welcome bloom, the the crocuses popping through, and currents coming into flower too. The frogs and Toads are making their presence known, The Lapwings have returned and the Skylarks have started to sing.

The birds are all busying themselves with nest material. The Marsh Marigold leaves are starting to appear too. The Gorse is starting to Bloom. We are awaiting the arrival of the first Melness Lambs, hoping they will be spared the snow and freezing temperatures this year. Last pictures for this entry are the amazing Mothering Sunday aurora. What a night!

Mothering Sunday aurora

Mothering Sunday aurora

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Mothering Sunday aurora 2

There was no way our little camera could shoot the whole sky which was filled with the beautiful show.

 

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