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.