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Nature reviving

Nature reviving…

We are so pleased that wildlife is increasing on our property since we planted all the trees and have produced a small garden. Butterflies are returning and we have a resident toad in our compost heap! We also allow much natural habitat to remain in place and that helps too. We and our guests have recently seen hedgehogs and Nadia captured a picture of a young one. She also took this interesting shot of deer peering over the top of the hill.

Road Upgrade – October 2016

 

We are so pleased that we have had our road tarred, despite the expense!

When it was just a gravel road, the slope was such that all the small binding material was washed out by the rain. It was becoming like driving on marbles! Even our Suzuki was struggling and we were often concerned about the difficulty our guests may be experiencing.

 

We were amazed at the speed of the tarring and how it was done with this huge machine. Once it was done it was ready for use 4 hours afterwards.

 

We are not crazy about splashing tar about; it does not fit with the rural feel but this was necessary. The guests seem to enjoy using it and it has taken a lot of worry away.

Being here…

People really seem to enjoy coming to the studio; they are saying the kind of things that show it’s not just the physical place, but being here in its totality. It is so peaceful and quiet you just cannot but help relaxing. It is a place where you can lose those cobwebs and if you are coming from a stressful environment, a place where you can get your spark plugs clean again! We have had folk returning and loving it a second time. For us, it makes it all worthwhile; we want people to feel at home and to relax, breath in the champagne air and unwind…

The last signs of winter and Emerging Spring?

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14th March 2016

 

We are emerging from the wettest winter in ages. Our hill was sodden like a sponge cake and, with the wind some of our tree stakes and tubes were actually blown over!

Talking about the trees, well there has been phenomenal growth.

When planted, the saplings were just 6 inches tall. Now some, in particular the oaks are topping the 1 meter height of the growth tubes! We have had to rig up a collar of chicken wire to prevent them being damaged by the deer. And that brings me to another topic.

The culling season ended at the end of November, and so did the visits by the small group of deer that used to be a regular thrill for us and all our guests. We assumed the worst, not helped by the fact that a neighbour saw the stag’s body on the back of a truck. The story that went with this was that it had got its antlers caught in some electrified fencing and thus had to be shot. But I am happy to report that a small group of deer are nervously coming back onto the property.

There are signs of a change in the weather as our crocuses and daffodils are flowering and the sheep have returned to the hill getting ready for lambing.

We are also very pleased with the short video constructed by the Cuillin Collective for our website. We hope you are all enjoying it!

The feral cats we feed have attracted a third member. All are neutered.

Autumn

 

We have had some lovely summer days but September signals a change. It is cooler and of course the days are becoming noticeably shorter.

 

September/October is also the rutting season and the raucous bellowing of the local stag can be heard in the early hours. We have also felt his presence…

 

We awoke one morning to find that several of our young conifers in their tubes had been trampled. Clearly some big event had taken place in that part of our small plantation of trees! But, there must have been a guardian angel there as although some of the tubes were damaged and support poles snapped like twigs, the trees themselves were unharmed!

 

Rutting stag devastation

 

Still standing                   Trampled tube

 

 

 

 

 

Deer hinds still visit us every morning but are very scared as apart from the marauding stag, it is also culling season… For us the deer are welcome; they were here first.

Young deer

Fawn

Recently had a family member visiting who seemed to attract the local deer. A group of about 8 hinds and…3 fawns pitched up almost every day! But one thing we cannot understand is that the mums, after jumping a fence leave their young Bambis frantically running up and down the fence. But, at the end of the day, they all seem to somehow get together again.

Of course, with so many deer about some of our plants have suffered. So, we have to stretch our imaginations to make our tubs of plants deer-proof.  If we ever succeed, we will have to patent the solution!