Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
What a summer this has been. Reminds me of the old days when it didn’t rain month on end and the tar on the road used to melt on a regular basis. The roses have been the best they have ever been proudly showing off their full blooms. The grass however has suffered and is protesting the lack of water by the appearance of large brown scorched patches.
Adela and Anika have kept Roineabhal running for us, to the very high standard we have always tried to maintain ourselves. Though they are full-time at Roineabhal, we’ve also been treated to a few lovely workawayers - Nathalia from Brazil has just left us after a month or so and was a breath of fresh air. She didn’t just help at Roineabhal but was also a great companion to Nana. Equally as good as each other at cheating, they did manage several good games of scrabble. Sophie from Corsica has joined us now and will be with us until the beginning of September.
We take it in turn to be here most days; Roger is possibly here more often, Q5 has to be kept going too.
Kim’s new life in Australia is kept busy. Apart from still running her online gallery Broth Art, and helping out with the Melbourne Art Fair which takes place at the end of July, she and Thilee took time off to visit the Great Barrier Reef in North Queensland. Kim tells us it was the best experience of her life.
Jenny is kept busy with her art work, also developing a new art/experimental music duo called Shapes of Sounds with a musician called Alexandra Nilsson. Jenny creates live drawings with her iPad and projector at the same time as Alex makes her sounds. They just got a big funding grant to adapt it into a concert and workshop for children aged 7-13 in Sweden (so yes, Jenny will be teaching in Swedish!), so that’s exciting! She also just did a fun extra job doing a voice-over for a web-film that comes out in the Autumn, so we look forward to seeing that. Hopefully we’ll see her and Mattias before the year is out.
Ben is the only one that we have seen recently. Apart from his cousin’s wedding down South, he was here to help celebrate Kilchrenan local Katrina’s wedding, which was held in the village hall. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and the atmosphere was wonderful in the outside awning. The traditional Scottish dancing always causes manic confusion amongst those South of the Border and beyond. It causes hilarity for everyone concerned especially when Strip the Willow is performed. Roger and Ben also managed to get the boat out and enjoyed one afternoon on Loch Awe.
Mum will be celebrating her 98th Birthday at the end of the month. We hope to throw a small party in the afternoon, inviting a few close friends. Physically, she seems much stronger; the winter months do seem to be more problematic for her.
Roger has been training to run in the 10k next month on Mull. Adela is competing too and it’s due to her that Roger is participating. I will try and keep you posted on how he does in the Autumn newsletter.
Until then enjoy the rest of the summer.