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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

 Mothering Sunday aurora 2

Mothering Sunday aurora 2

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

 

A quiet period.

It has been a while since we last updated the blog page, mainly because everything has been so bitsy – bits of this and bits of that. We had a wonderful festive period spent with great friends who cooked the best Christmas food ever!
Christmas day dog walk and rainbow over Talmine bay.

Christmas day dog walk

Christmas day dog walk

Christmas day Rainbow over Talmine Bay

Christmas day Rainbow over Talmine Bay

and we were introduced to some great new walks in areas we hadn’t yet encountered. 
We have no major projects really, our Guest room is gradually taking bookings on most days now, as people are booking their annual holidays.
We are currently on our 9th named storm, Imogen which has unusually hit the south of the uk harder than us up here in the far north. The snow is coming and going on the mountains almost daily.

Snowy walk out the back

Snowy walk out the back

We went for a lovely walk along Loch Hope this week and sadly the weather has taken its toll on the bridge again and the road is impassable to cars.

Loch Hope

Loch Hope

We have many family and friends promising visits too which is very exciting.
The biggest project we are hoping to achieve this year is the roofing of the Stone Byres. This has only been made possible with the help of Brother-in-law and Nephew. We are very lucky to have Spence, a Skilled Carpenter/Builder/Roofer and General very hard worker in the family, with a now grown up son following his example and they have kindly taken on the project.
We had decided that we would attempt to do it ourselves this year, (how wrong could we get it?) rather a big first roofing project though. Maybe we will practice on the field shelter we are hoping to put down the croft when we start our planting, much smaller simpler affair.
We have Tess the black labrador coming to stay for a few days tomorrow to keep Bruiser on his toes, they really are great friends she has the biggest smile, and she keeps us all jolly.
I have to put the NewYears Eve northern light photos up too don’t I?
New years eve 2015/16

New years eve 2015/16

New years eve 2015/16

New years eve 2015/16

“Aurora Borealis” Northern Lights” Accommodation

We have a room free for the predicted Aurora borealis activity over the next few days. From the look of the forecast it is looking to be really good, but please do your own research as we are still have much to learn. Nobody can guarantee a a “Northern light show” show. This is what is forecast at the moment on Aurora forecast eu
Predicted kp numbers for the next 3 days:
Time now in UTC (Universal Time) is: 10:58 01/11/15

Nov 01 Nov 02 Nov 03

00-03UT 3 3 6 (G2)

03-06UT 3 4 6 (G2)

06-09UT 2 6 (G2) 5 (G1)

09-12UT 2 5 (G1) 5 (G1)

12-15UT 2 6 (G2) 5 (G1)

15-18UT 2 6 (G2) 5 (G1)

18-21UT 2 7 (G3) 4

21-00UT 2 6 (G2) 4

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