Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
Wow, where has the summer gone? It’s August and it will be autumn before we blink.
Despite the weather this summer (it rained all of June and July), it hasn’t deterred the visitors. We have had a bumper season, the busiest we have ever had.
The vegetable garden sadly due to the weather has been poor and apart from the potatoes, lettuce, a few radishes and fennel nothing much has progressed. Fingers crossed that the carrots grow along with the courgettes and onions. Most of my herbs and chard bolted before they formed fully and I have never seen the slugs eat my hostas in such a ravenous fashion - the leaves are skeletal!
We finally managed to get to Sweden in May to visit Jenny and Mattias. We hired a yacht which worked out as cheap as being in a hotel. Jenny and Mattias’ accommodation is too small to fit us all in. Anyway it enabled Roger to put his skippers licence to use and the rest of the family joined us in our adventure around Stockholm’s Archipelago. Some people would consider May to be the start of the summer and in Scotland it’s probably our best month. Unfortunately Sweden experienced it’s coldest May in 30 years. Whilst the west coast of Scotland was basking in 25 degrees we were hit with snow blizzards. We did manage to have some beautiful weather in between the snow though the temperatures plummeted to below freezing some nights. We certainly learnt where the expression "Baltic" comes from. Apart from being on board the boat we also managed a couple of nights on land before heading back home, visiting Stockholm’s many lovely sights including the wonderful Vasa museum.
Mum hasn’t been that great and at the beginning of June was admitted to hospital again, this time with a chest infection. She has once again bounced back but perhaps not as well as we had hoped. In July Roger and I travelled with her down to Yorkshire to attend a family wedding in Harrogate, which she seemed to thoroughly enjoy and on 31st July she celebrated her 97th birthday along with friends. She still managed to recite many of her poems and entertain everyone but is beginning to become confused and weary more quickly than usual.
Thank you for all my workaway support without which I wouldn’t have been able to cope. My girls have been wonderful this year and so much help, always going that extra mile.
Jenny still continues to draw and perform at different events. She and Mattias seem to spend as much time camping or travelling up to their little cabin in Lapland then they do working. What a wonderful life they seem to have.
Kim continues with Broth Art and just launched her new venture ‘Art to Rent’ in tandem with an exhibition that is still on view at Shane’s Canalside in Hackney. She will also be at End of the Road Festival in Dorset this year exhibiting artists Dan Jamieson and Babak Ganjei’s work in an interactive installation, which sounds pretty exciting! Find more info, and tickets, at endoftheroadfestival.com
Ben’s venture with Hearology is doing well whilst it continues to grow. He will also be going to Edmonton in September for a few days to work with Breakout West Festival, which is a new band showcase festival.
Hope you have all had an eventful summer and the weather has been better in your part of the world. It’s promising to improve by the weekend with temperatures rising by Monday. Believe you me, we on the West Coast of Scotland are looking forward to it.
Maria, Roger and Family