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Handmade in the Highlands - Woodcrafts and B&B

Month: June 2015 (page 1 of 2)

A busy day

A late custom button order last night which we needed to finish making the oak toggles for, needed drilling and waxing this morning, Steve was doing guest breakfasts. We had two Parisian guests last night (very lovely girls we spent a very nice evening with them). Then Steve to post office with the order, update the computer, guests away, beds stripped, laundry on, and then our breakfast. (which makes for a very happy Steve) then over to the croft.

and so it begins.. where to start?? at the beginning? yes lets… the entrance

beginning to clear up the entrance, bailer wrap and twine.

beginning to clear up the entrance, bailer wrap and twine.

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old stock fencing grown into ground

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some very useful telegraph poles, just not right here

So all of this is now clear and the beautiful little frog which was carefully looked after by Bruiser survived the whole activity.

A bit of drystone walling repair, mainly because it is the only dry path down one section of the croft at the moment.

Three loads of washing done and on the line to dry! grass cut front and back (Steve even mowed around the buttercups!)

. Some more buttons cut from a Horse chestnut tree which had come down in the storms earlier this year at Tongue.

Lunch/dinner which Steve decided to photograph…. an amazing 5 cheese salad ¬†(thanking our wonderful neighbours for the cheese gift from their recent travels) with homemade bread and freshly made coleslaw!

5 cheese salad

5 cheese salad

Then washing in from line and put away and back over to the croft for a wildflower study, dog walk and bunny count by bruiser in the sand dunes. Hundreds of Orchids every where we stepped, absolutely stunned by the sheer amount.

Orchids

Orchids

Orchids

Orchids

Beautiful fragrant Orchid

Beautiful fragrant Orchid

Our view from the croft of Orkney was amazingly clear this evening, and so many shades of blue too.

Orkney and shades of blue

Orkney and shades of blue

Beautiful blue skies

Beautiful blues in the skies

bog cotton blowing in the breeze

bog cotton blowing in the breeze

Finally a shower and then a last photo of Ben loyal as the light was stunning this evening.

 

mountain

 

 

Now with the time at 23.24 Bruiser is excitedly awaiting the appearance of the deer on the Moine – he is like a Kid the night before Christmas – he keeps going to lie down only to get back up a minute or two later to see if they’ve arrived yet! No doubt he will wake us up and tell us when they do…

Our first event with our products

We have been invited to “take a table” at a local fundraising event here in Melness. It will be our first outing to both meet our neighbours and show who we are and what we do.

The fundraiser is in aid of our local community care unit, which is a vital means of support for local residents and families. In our opinion a worthy cause which we are very happy to learn more about and support if we can.

From the information gathered so far it sounds as though there will be a variety of stalls offering everything from homemade bread and cakes to local crafts. Well worth a visit if you are within travelling distance. I am just trying to find out if it is a low key locals event or expandable…….

Will add info as We receive it.

Butterfly Orchids are starting to appear

We have been checking everyday for our favourite wild Orchids to make an appearance, they had been in full flower for a couple of weeks by this time last year. The longest day is almost upon us and so many plants have yet to show. Yesterday we spotted our first Northern marsh Orchid starting to bud and today hooray for our first Butterfly Orchid sighting. Also Sring Squill is popping up all over and something resembling Devils bit Scabious but white? We have just had notification of true identification as Catsfoot, Mountain everlasting. Fantastic. Thank you Barbara very much for your email.

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Butterfly Orchid, in Bud

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Spring Squill

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Catsfoot, Mountain Everlasting.

Linet

Linnet

We have also had a linnet visiting our garden, and got a great photo of our beautiful Hooded crow taking off from the garden wall.

Hooded crow

Hooded Crow

Finally on the spotting side, we spotted 9 Red Deer from the bedroom window last night.

Lovely.

We have been busy with guests this week on the B&B front, we’ve had folk from all over the globe – Germany, USA, and 2 couples from Australia – it’s a fascinating experience learning about the cultures, wildlife and homes of our guests – and sometimes you meet people who make an impression that you’ll never forget – like our last guests – also crofters but Australian style, we had some great conversations, they had a great sense of humour, were very funny, interesting and a genuinely lovely couple.
We also had the delivery of new linen! This is a very exciting event for us, especially after the amount of research put in on this – it’s nice to see the products in the flesh…. And they’re lovely, you can’t beat good quality bed linen! We currently have a rare vacant guest room for this evening. Hence catching up on our online appearance.

We are trying to start an Etsy team (Handmade in the Highlands) for crafters in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, as we find all the events are so far from us that we cannot attend. It would be nice to meet some local crafters who may be interested in skill sharing and networking maybe workshopping? all in the fledgling stage at the moment but trying to work out how the teams work.

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