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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy February 8th 2020

I had a bit of a hiatus of ideas over the summer and was patiently waiting for something decent to pop up. Then it happened! A group of us were assembling for the hill race at Killin Highland games in early August. Don Reid, Westies Stalwart and midweek race regular asked me if Killin was “K” in an A to Z of Perthshire. The seed germinated and after a couple of hours on google and using the appropriate OS maps, I had a plan which on paper looked pretty reasonable. A good mixture of running in beautiful places in an area famous for its autumn colours. A few days ago, I loaded Mogwai into the CD player and pointed the car north toward Aberfeldy. A fine place to start as I could do a circular run, ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy March 29th 2015

Geo: 56.6117, -3.86593We arrived at our cottage, Croftness Bothy exhausted and ready for Saturday night tv by the log burner. Some little body had other ideas though and proceeded with mission demolition and danger through every nook and cranny of the cottage. It made us realise just how 'Isaac proof' our own house has become and the prospect of a week with open planned living and no stair gates seemed almost infeasible. Luckily, the next day we became much fonder of our little cottage after it happily welcomed 3 generations of friends. We had a wonderful time together. Firstly meeting the landlord's daughters and their ponies and then walking to the Birks of Aberfeldy. The Birks are very understated and truly beautiful. Everybody managed the pleasant walk through the forest and thankfully there was more water ... read more
Walk down from the cottage
Living room
Kitchen

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy November 5th 2010

Then the rain came - the latter part of October (in fact most of October) was Wet!. Despite our best efforts work on the garden ground to a halt and I, for one, contemplated using the raised beds as paddy fields. Rachel moved in until her own place (West Byre) is finished - hopefully by the end of the month. Wrote the above at the end of October now 7th December, having a small party tonoght to celebrate our wedding anniversary (20 years!). Meant to get away for a few days but on the way south yesterday hit gridlock at Stirling - the who;e of the central belt was at a virtual standstill because of snow. We eventually managed to turn and came home. Roads around here not to bad. Incredible weather with over a foot ... read more
Raised beds ready for next spring
View from up the hill
25th Oct - House at 7am

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy July 13th 2010

Well midsummer has come and gone - for once the weather held up and so lots of people came. There was music, fires, food and drink etc and I think a good night was had by all, including the bunch of young German lads who'd heard about it in Killin and came along to investigate. They seemed to get into the swi(n)g of things and had a night to remember. Meantime work progresses outside. The main patio is finished, we've had lettuce, huge cabbages and lots of potatoes from the garden and have planted flowers round the patio/terrace and some hedging, which the horses have tried to eat. Very few words to cover hours of labour digging over the garden and removing literally tons of stone/rock and countless dockens, nettles, thistles buttercups, couch grass etc. We ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy May 25th 2010

The answer according to the song is "another day older and deeper in debt". However although the deeper in debt doesn't apply digging rocks out of ones new garden certainly lets you know that your body aint as youing as it once was. I don't know if we've excavated 16 tons of rock quite yet but by the end of the day my back feels as if we have. The main project at the moment is getting our garden together while awaiting the stone for the patio/veranda (due next week all 100 sq mtrs of it). Progress is slow mainmly due to the abundance of stones and the effort required to extract and remove them. We have managed to get a small part of the garden planted (lettuce, peas, cabbages, onions and potatoes plus the first ... read more
Keith and I digging the field
mad dogs and other lunatics
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy May 10th 2010

Nothing to do with the diggers and levellers of history and a lot to do with JCBs wielded by a man with artistry in his soul. The digger came back and built up a terrace along the front of the house and then shaped the garden, including building a wall to hold the terrace in place, with a broad path along the bottom of the terrace. Then the hill at the bottom of the garden, which was actually all the top soil from the site was levelled, and spread over the garden. Willy is now digging it over by hand and removing the large boulders which were inadvertently hidden in the topsoil. He's probably overdoing it and is full of aches and pains... everyone say "aah!". ... read more
Digger levelling the hill
Finishing off levelling garden
Wall to retain patio

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy February 1st 2010

Some pictures of heating controls and some labels that seem to be mis-matched... read more
Pumps and other stuff
All the controls
Jabels on the equaliser

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy January 12th 2010

So its goodbye to 2009 and welcome 2010. Like the rest of the UK the weather has been the main event of late. We haven't had the volumes of snow suffered by most of the UK. In fact since the first snows, a week or so before Christmas, we've escaped with no more than the occasional light shower. The roads between here and civilisation have been kept clear but access to the farmyard has been impossible other than by 4x4. So all other vehicles are left at the road end. We're still without our own car which still in the garage while Peter, the mechanic, tries to source a replacement fuel pump (either reconditioned or from a scappy). Meantime we've the use of an old (N reg) Peugeot 105. Hogmanay was a bit quiet as Tombreck ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy December 12th 2009

We're well into our first winter in the straw bail house (or at least I hope we're well into winter as Spring seems far away). So far so good, although the huge expanse of space in the centre of the house seems to take a lot of heating. Really we're just taking this opportunity to say Merry Christmas, wish you all the best for 2010, post some more photos and say thanks again. The house has turned into a warm, welcoming home and we couldn't have done it without you. If you are in the area do drop in. Merry Christmas and a Guid New Year from Willy and Wendy... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Aberfeldy September 30th 2009

I know our last entry was supposedly the final one but this blogging thing becomes addictive. Not a lot of change since our last entry, but lots of little things - we sold our other house and over a hectic week in late August moved our bits and bobs here so that it now feels like home. The tempo has dropped dramatically and I find that I can spend a couple of hours just looking out the window watching the changing light on the loch and hills, the changing colours of the leaves and the local birdlife. We've said goodbye to the martins so no more aerial displays each morning and evening. Socially things seem to be winding down for the winter, although there was another good party complete with spectacular bonfire last weekend for Ben's ... read more
The view from across the loch
Our living room
kitchen




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