Roinebhal Country House. Luxury Bed & Breakfast in Argyll, Scotland
A little late this year with our 2018 spring newsletter, but even the garden growth has been much later, and is just coming into its prime now. I have never seen the snowdrops and the daffodils looking more splendid than this year. The rhododendrons are now out along with a few azaleas. After quite a hard winter some shrubs have been lost and some knocked back, hopefully to return to their full glory next year.
Roger and I have just returned from celebrating a family wedding in Middle England. Catherine, who married my grand nephew, arrived up at the church in an old wooden cart pulled along by an ancient old Fergie (a traditional tractor of old). She and Steven were married in a lovely old chapel in the small village of Ipstones. Afterwards, not too far away, the reception was a held in a huge tepee which had been erected at Lady Meadows Farm, Catherine’s family home. The day was filled with fun and laughter, and The Royal Wedding which was held on the same day, I can assure you, stole away none of their limelight.
We both managed to spend the following day with Ben and Jodie. It’s always nice to catch up. We were a little sad that Kim, Jenny and their partners were unable to join us for the family get together.
2018 has been full of changes for Roger and me. Roineabhal has Adela from Romania and Anika from Germany installed until October. We have had to move over to Taynuilt to take care of mum. She was very ill during the winter, which some of you may remember, but is now much stronger. However, her memory is now very poor and she cannot be left alone. Roger or I are over here every day and take it in turns to look after mum. Both of us stay with her overnight at her house and we have been managing fine. It has been a gradual situation which has taken up more of our time every year as she has become older and weaker. At almost 98, she is still in high spirits, though. The girls are a brilliant help and have the place gleaming. We are so lucky to have found them.
We continue to try and find the right person to buy the house. I will be retiring at the end of this season whether we sell or not. We will miss all our visitors from far and wide, but I am looking forward to having a little more time to look after mum and, perhaps, take up a few hobbies of my own.