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Month: May 2015 (page 1 of 3)

Flora update

And so we become 3 once more after Tess’s departure home. All a little quieter on the home front.
Our friends returned from their trip to collect her (happy and sad faces) and were kind enough to bring  gifts – which included some excellent cheese and wine from their travels – very much looking forward to sampling those!We have been lucky enough to see our first Orchids of this year – and they are tiny!

Heath spotted Orchid

Heath spotted Orchid

Also making a late appearance are the first flowerings of birds foot trefoil, the Stitchwort and tiny white buds breaking on the heather.

birdsfoot trefoil

birdsfoot trefoil

Stitchwort

Stitchwort

The surrounding Kyle is finally starting to look green and lush. Leaves on all of trees now looking fresh and new.
Sycamore

Sycamore

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Willow

We today received some interest in our buttons from a Highland Tartan manufacturer – and maker of beautiful items – shawls, bags, cushions etc. naturally we think our buttons would look magnificent on their products… We shall send some samples and see! Very exciting!
We are taking more and more bookings for the B&B! This is also very exciting! We are told it’s a short season up here for Holiday makers so we have to make hay whilst the sunshines – and obviously work on the buttons to carry us through the Winter!

Tree pipits in the front garden today very sweet as well as 4 collared doves in our Rowan tree.

Some photos from our walk last night

Lousewort

Lousewort

ladysock cuckooflower

Ladysmock cuckooflower

We never take bluebells for granted this far North

We never take bluebells for granted this far North

Beautiful lichen colours in this rock Which I thought looked like a wild boar?

Beautiful lichen colours on this rock which I thought looked like a wild boar?

 

fantastic Rainbow this evening over the Watch-hill, Kyle of Tongue

fantastic rainbow this evening over the Watch-hill, Kyle of Tongue

fantastic Rainbow this evening over the Watch-hill, Kyle of Tongue. The Rabbit Islands just in shot too.

fantastic rainbow this evening over the Watch-hill, Kyle of Tongue. The Rabbit Islands just in shot too.

top of a big hill overlooking the Kyle of Tongue Causeway

top of a big hill overlooking the Kyle of Tongue Causeway

Keeping warm on a Damp evening

Keeping warm on a Damp evening

 

Nice one of Tess!

Nice one of Tess!

Highland tractor drivers have to be pretty hardy

Highland tractor drivers have to be pretty hardy, heading into the safe safe sea!

Highland tractor drivers have to be pretty hardy

Highland tractor drivers have to be pretty hardy, heading into the safe safe sea!

 

Best made plans………..

 

The idea was to spend much time outside cutting, sanding, building up new stock, getting some wood seasoning in the milder drier May weather and maybe getting some new products on the go……

May decided to put the dampers on those plans, we have played it by ear but although we have won in the sense we have spent little time watering the gardens, we have had little time where we could sand outside as we have no outside under-cover areas to work as yet, the byre roofs are another job waiting for dry weather!

We have been on some extra long dog walks with our dog and our guest dog – we also found some new walks and waterfalls.

We have added a new product and its page to this site “Tree Charms”

(even had sales enquiries already! Fantastic.)

I have just put some for sale on our Etsy shop this morning. I will put some for sale on this site soooon…..

We have been busy with our online networking, finding out how it all works and trying to build relationships with like-minded craftspeople.

We have also had some wonderful wildlife experiences, eagles over the house, close encounters with owls, a willow warbler, lapwing, cuckoo, our first highland weasel and Red deer spotting from bed , all very exciting.

Willow warbler

Willow warbler

Lapwing

Lapwing

The cutest little calf has joined us in our Melness township.

beautiful little calf

beautiful little calf

 

We have had one night of Guests who had booked before we had taken the dates out of the calendar. They were a really great couple from Australia. We spent a lovely evening with them sitting around the fire, playing guitars and putting the world to rights.

We have made the best Rhubarb crumble, Lemon and Lime marmalade, Bread pudding and Home brewed Ginger Beer. Yay us!

 

Birds Buttons Beaches and dogs!

dogs

dogs and the causeway

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clouds

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clouds

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Really dancing

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dogs

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dogs

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dog watching deer

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dogs and stick

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dogs and stick

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dogs stick croft

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dogs stick croft

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dogs on the croft

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dogs and beaches

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dogs and beaches

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dogs and beaches

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dogs and beaches

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dogs and beaches

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buttons

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dogs

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buttons

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beech buttons

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lapwing

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ben loyal and loch hakel

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man love

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skanky dog

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wet dog

TONGUE APPLE AND RAINBOWS….

Our guests awoke to low tide and seals on the sand-banks and after enjoying their breakfast they departed for a leisurely drive to their next stop at Ullapool, having first bought some beautiful driftwood buttons – hooray!

Around noon our post lady brought round a cushion she had finished using her family tartan – A lovely cushion indeed.

cushion

cushion

which is nicely finished off with some of our spalted beech buttons.

 

Very excitingly we discovered that the 50 year old ‘Tongue post office apple tree’ that we re-planted in our garden after it had become a wind blown casualty in the January storm has started sprouting tiny new buds all over. Great news as there had been little hope for it’s survival.

Tongue post office apple tree

Tongue post office apple tree

 

buds sprouting

buds sprouting

We decided we would get some more of the prunings from the borrow pit and from there we went for a walk, we followed the river up through the woodland at the end of the Kyle.

beautiful algae stone in the river

beautiful algae stone in the river

beautiful dog in the river

beautiful dog in the river

We came across what we can only guess might have been the remains of an old mill/water wheel.

water wheel mill?

water wheel mill?

 

Another new route for us with a great view of Ben Loyal from a different angle, it really highlighted the sharpness of some of the summits.

different perspective of Ben loyal

different perspective of Ben loyal

it also gave us a good view of Meallan Liath (the grey hill) which sits near the foot of Ben Hope.

This evening a sudden storm brought the most amazing rainbow down into the middle of the Kyle – we are fortunate that this land we live in really is the land of the rainbow!

rainbow

rainbow

Shortly after our friend brought round Tess, a black Labrador – a friend for Bruiser to play with for a fortnight! We are looking forward to some nice long walks and maybe discovering some new places.

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