Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
Summer Newsletter 2015
In being so late in producing this summer’s newsletter I’m sure I will have forgotton all the events that have taken place. We do seem to have had a busy time lately.
Our workawayers have been terrific. Teresa from Germany was with me for the month of May and June, she was then joined by Pepa from Spain and Mai who was also from Germany. In July we had Cecilia who came all the way from Argentina. At present we have Lisa from Germany and Sandra from France. They have all been a great contribution and I know that I would have found it difficult to run Roineabhal as well as I have without them.
The weather has been very poor this summer. Roger says it’s to do with the ice cap melting but I do hope it flows in a different direction by next month - an Indian summer would be very welcome.
Despite the weather the flowers - albeit a little later than most years - have managed to bloom but the vegetable garden has been a disaster producing very little. I think one has to seriously think about getting a poly tunnel.
In June we had the Bergerac Jazz Orchestra stay at Roineabhal for an evening. They played for us at the village hall and were terrific. Ally, a close friend of ours who lives part of the year in the Dordogne in France, asked if we could fit 6 musicians and their partners in for one evening during their West Highland Tour. It was great fun with people sleeping on futons and occupying family bedrooms.
Kilchrenan was treated to some wonderful music too.
Despite all the rain we have had a bumper month in July with lots of visitors from all over Europe as well as a few Americans and Australians. Most of them have left high temperatures back home but don’t seem to mind the difference in climate here. The majority of guests tell me they don’t come to Scotland for the weather.
We have just celebrated Mum’s 95th birthday with a Strawberry Tea. Ten of us then went out the following evening for dinner with 2 of her grandchildren and great grand children who were visiting from Yorkshire. She thoroughly enjoyed having them and seems always to rise to the occasion.
Kim managed to visit for a couple of days last week (pretty much getting off the train to start making scones for Mum’s Strawberry tea ). She then had a close friend’s wedding to attend in Lanarkshire.
Ben arrived in June for a couple of days too, in time to see the orchestra from Bergerac perform. All the offspring will be here the end of the month. Matt, their friend from Washington State, is over on his honeymoon and is managing to fit in a quick trip to Kilchrenan where we all had the pleasure of first meeting him a few years back.
Hope this finds you all very well and enjoying a warmer (drier) summer than us.
From Maria, Roger and the Family at Roineabhal