Sunday, 24 March 2013

A wee hill run

Two guests this morning breakfasted with log fire blazing and porridge to keep the cool spring weather at bay. They departed Fort William bound through the hills of Glencoe and I scooted off to a rather more local hill to do some hill training with two friends. The annual Inveraray trail run is not far away, and I organise it so this was the first foray for my ski embattled knee and I think that I and it did very well...there was some walking and some talking and some heavy breathing but there was some running too! The run in in May, on the 12th and is a short sharp run with a 236m climb along a four mile route. It must be said though that this hill only covers 1.5 miles...3 up and down so it is pretty steep going but the views...well, the views are great so judge for yourselves! It is above Inveraray Castle and the walk up is available and free all year round!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Signs of Spring?

A new sign for a new season. Unique as always Garret has adapted a bird table and nesting box given to us by a dear friend into a new house sign. Sadly this means he doesn't do any work any more as he is glued to the kitchen window commenting on any bird that glances sideways at the semi detached residences waiting to tempt them in. Chilly snowy run this morning with the daytime beginners group.Early bath time now!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Unexpected breakfast guest

You couldn't pay for entertainment like this.... this wee chap turned up this week and performed impressive acrobatics during breakfast time outside the dining room window. There was a time when the squirrels were more wary of the abundant seeds and nuts provided too close to the house but they are visiting more often now.
We are busy painting and preparing for the start of the new season...Easter is only a whisper away now and with the weather this good there should be plenty of folk tempted by lovely Inveraray. The next couple of days are going to be busy for Freya with multiple music competitions including Brass and The Ayr of course! Rosie will be riding and preparing for a season working at the stables so no help with the ironing from the girls this weekend! Garret and Toby have their sights set on the ski slopes but they never help with the ironing anyway!!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Mother's Day

A little visitor for mothers day on the seed bags...

After we had seen this chap we headed off to Glasgow to roust the son and heir out of his lair and spent a couple of hours watching the blood, gore and decapitations galore that was Hansel and Gretel. Much enjoyed by all which is saying something, not easy to accommodate the many different film tastes that exists for the five of us although Freya did watch the worst of the horror through splayed fingers. A trip down memory lane with lunch/tea in TGI Friday's where we bored our offspring with our last trip there (Toby in a highchair...). Rosie was so pleased with herself getting a Les Mis soundtrack CD which was lovely, chocolates from Toby and wee viola plants from Freya. Lucky Mummy! And we bought Toby home with us for a couple of days.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Local Beer Festival...

A great local event just along the road at Fyne Ales....