An Cois Na Mara’s rock garden – or more accurately garden of rocks!

This photo of the ‘garden’ was taken in October 2015. We’ve been pretty busy over the winter months trying to get it looking somewhere near a respectable garden.

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Hopefully the hard work has paid off. 99% of the rocks we unearthed by hand so to make use of some of them we created some gabions (which managed to stay upright on our second attempt at building them). It’s good to have the unwanted cairns dismantled from around the garden!

Now all we need to do is keep the deer out of the garden & away from the plants & veggies!!!!

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The bench overlooking the pond and the planted area is a lovely peaceful spot to admire the view and listen to the waves or read a book with the birds chirping in the background.

There are lots of old weathered tree roots in this area which came from the heavy peaty ground of a local croft.

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The veggies have just gone into the ground after cluttering up the potting shed for the last couple of months. We are undecided whether or not to go scarecrow or no scarecrow, it would probably have to be an electrified, shotgun wielding, shrieking scarecrow to keep the deer away!

Fingers crossed the fruit bushes will make it through the summer and we’ll have some lovely compote to dish up at breakfast.

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It’s been another fantastic day, perfect for heading to the beach for some rock pooling or shell collecting or seal watching.

Enjoy.

An Cois Na Mara’s rock garden – or more accurately garden of rocks!

This photo of the ‘garden’ was taken in October 2015. We’ve been pretty busy over the winter months trying to get it looking somewhere near a respectable garden.

IMG_8207

Hopefully the hard work has paid off. 99% of the rocks we unearthed by hand so to make use of some of them we created some gabions (which managed to stay upright on our second attempt at building them). It’s good to have the unwanted cairns dismantled from around the garden!

Now all we need to do is keep the deer out of the garden & away from the plants & veggies!!!!

IMG_3828

The bench overlooking the pond and the planted area is a lovely peaceful spot to admire the view and listen to the waves or read a book with the birds chirping in the background.

There are lots of old weathered tree roots in this area which came from the heavy peaty ground of a local croft.

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The veggies have just gone into the ground after cluttering up the potting shed for the last couple of months. We are undecided whether or not to go scarecrow or no scarecrow, it would probably have to be an electrified, shotgun wielding, shrieking scarecrow to keep the deer away!

Fingers crossed the fruit bushes will make it through the summer and we’ll have some lovely compote to dish up at breakfast.

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It’s been another fantastic day, perfect for heading to the beach for some rock pooling or shell collecting or seal watching.

Enjoy.

Spring has sprung

It’s hard to get any work done with these little characters hopping around the garden. They have quickly learnt the knack of flapping their wings to demand food. Mum’s and dad’s are whizzing around left, right and centre trying to keep these chaps happy and it’s costing us a small fortune in bird seed and peanuts!

We’ve had lots of other visitors to the garden recently, Siskins, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Redpolls, Meadow Pipits. There was a short visit from a Mistle Thrush which had a very unfortunate victim sandwiched in it’s beak .. an emperor moth! He wasn’t particularly keen on hanging around for his photo taking.

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A stunning week in Wester Ross

If you’ve been driving the North Coast 500 this week what a treat you’ve had. The local beaches have been showing themselves off and the turquoise waters have been a snorkelers and canoeists paradise.

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We took advantage of a spare couple of hours and headed to Gruinard Beach to dip our toes in the soft white sand.

IMG_3596Looking down onto the beaches was breathtaking, the west coast of Scotland has some of the most amazing coastline. Whilst we were admiring the view a Cuckoo was singing away somewhere in the trees.

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Lots of wild Primroses growing by the sand dunes and the odd Dune Brittlestem Funghi popping out of the sand in the dunes.

The sand dunes really are impressive and were a lovely little sun trap, the perfect spot for a picnic.

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After the snow of last week (yep just 10 days ago!!) we are now in shorts & flip flops …. Long may it continue.