The Good, the bed and the lovely….

This week will go down in the history book for our Guest room venture. We had a really lovely couple arrive, (we won’t use their names’ without their permission) bringing the sunshine with them, then after the usual arrival banter and house tour they went off down the croft for a walk on the beach where mr guest proposed to mrs guest who accepted, so wow and wow. How lovely. They were so taken with this beautiful wild and natural landscape. We all had a lovely evening together Steve broke out his new bottle of Whisky which he was introduced to by previous fantastic guests a couple of weeks ago, who also had a wicked sense of humour. A local Whisky – Highland Park 12 yr old single malt.

(Steve says mmmm!)

Today we have built a new kingsize bed, for the second guest bedroom which is really an add on room, to allow us to cater for a group of three or four. Now all we need is the mattress to arrive a some point….!

The craft fair we attended at Bettyhill was our second, ever! So now having 2 under our belt we feel that we are experts! and as such we must therefore be in a position to offer advice and change the whole craft fair ambience.

Mmmm…….. well what we liked about the collective experience was the people, there was a definite feel good factor with both the crafter/stallholders and the customers.

The homemade cake and goodie stall was a definite hit too, and the refreshments being served looked absolutely delicious. There’s nothing more welcoming than a table full of homemade cakes. We are wondering whether a little acoustic music – maybe a guy with a pirate hat and a small spoon dulcimer might bring a little jolliness to the next event? We wonder if there might even be anyone wanting to pick up an instrument and join in too? Much pondering shall be done……. Updates as and when a decision reached. As always your thoughts and comments would be appreciated and welcome.

Our handmade Yew coasters have gone down very well indeed and it looks as though we will have to make some more this week. Get out the big saw for those if the weather permits… Summer?!

We wanted a way to display our new “Tree Charms” and have settled on a small hand sewn calico presentation bag, with a small strip of our Tartan as a flap keeper and to add the Scottish touch. The presentation bag makes a lovely gift – along with being a tidy and convenient way to travel the Charms and a place to hang a tag. We have designed a little tag too which has a link to this site where people are able to keep up with our new products if they wish.

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Tree Charm with new calico presentation bag and tag

Tree Charm with new calico presentation bag and tag

Now we just have to get the site sorted out so that it is easier for people to log in and sign up for updates. We are trying to add a captcha box to avoid the hundreds of spam emails we get when we allow log in.

We have started working on a new Buttons and Charms with a wood of which we hadn’t tried before. We happened upon a pile of Rose pruning’s, in a car park so we gave it a go. We love them and will upload some photo’s as soon as we can. The great thing about them was how quickly they dried, for us to sand and wax. They are really beautiful white at the moment but of course that could change once they are exposed to the sun and air. We will have to wait and see.

 

 

We have met and befriended some lovely people since we have been here, and we have mentioned before (Tess’s owners) we will call them the B’s. Mrs B visited us this week with Tess and we went for a wildflower walk down the croft, She brought with her the most beautiful display of flowers from her garden. Honeysuckle is one of my favourite wildflowers. Thank you so much B.

Beautiful flowers from our lovely friends garden.

Beautiful flowers from our lovely friends garden.

Another bonus on our croft walk was a brilliant aerial display involving at least 4 Ravens 2 Peregrine falcons and a whole flock of Starlings. It looked as though the falcons were in pursuit of the starlings and then the Ravens swooped in and then we couldn’t quite tell who was pursuing who, we could still see them all when we got back up here to the garden.

Apart from the Orchids every step of the way, the other new appearances were bog asphodel

bBog Asphodel

Bog Asphodel

and self heal which I have since researched and found that it is a very useful plant indeed. I now need to find out how to encourage it to spread!.

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Self Heal

self heal

self heal

We have just 17 days before our family visitors C and P arrive for our holiday. During this holiday/ party we also look forward to some of our good friends from our previous world making the 800-ish mile trip too. Very exciting.