Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
It has now rolled into October and once again another summer season draws to an end. Despite the wet weather we have managed to somehow keep the garden in check and the autumnal colours are producing quite an early show. Raking up the leaves are always quite a chore but somehow quite enjoyable on a good sunny day.
It is a wonderful year for wild mushrooms though I haven’t managed to pick any until this afternoon. However we had chanterelles for dinner last night thanks to a generous neighbour as well as a portion of white hedgehogs in a stew which Kate our Australian workaway brought back after walking MacDuff one afternoon. I have also managed to produce 8 jars of Rowan Jelly from fruit picked from the garden. The trees have been so full of berries this year the branches were all drooping with their weight.
The local Kilchrenan Inn is now open for business and looking absolutely stunning with its new refurbishment. A young energetic couple from Mull are the new tenants. Fingers crossed they will stick around and manage to build a successful business. The village certainly will benefit from having a pub again. We also have a new young head teacher in the local school that seems to be full of inspirational ideas. The community just needs some more children to fill it.
MacDuff was beginning to become a little lethargic but is now improving with his daily dose of turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper. This concoction is a proven remedy for aching joints and many other things. The only down side we’ve noticed so far is that he has now acquired a yellow moustache ☺
We have had a game bird residing in the garden this past month. A juvenile Black Grouse who hopefully will grow into a handsome adult if MacDuff or any other hairy predator doesn’t find him first. He is very tame which makes us think he has been hand reared but is certainly wary of dogs. He doesn’t like the crows either but manages to shoo them away especially if they are anywhere near the bird feeder.
The children are all well. Jenny and Mattias are up in Lappland having a week away in the family cabin. Kim has her Patricia Cain exhibition currently on in London and Ben is still working as a consultant helping out with three different companies in the music field.
Roger and I are planning a trip to India with Mum this Autumn. It will be quite an adventure I am sure. We will be visiting friends who have 2 hospitals so Mum will be well taken care of if needing any medical care. Mary our district nurse from Carradale days will be dog and house sitting while we are there.
October is already proving to be a quiet month but apart from friends and family descending on us we have lots of painting and small maintenance jobs to carry out before we leave. It will be December before we get back and Christmas before we know it, but hopefully I will find time to produce a Christmas Newsletter telling you all about our trip.
From Maria, Roger and all at Roineabhal