At last, as we offically entered summer last week, you can
'feel' it. There's warmth in the sunshine, things are beginning to
grow and that hazy, feel-good factor is engulfing Lochend. Ain't
The Buchlyvie District Ploughing Society was formed in 1872 and
this year they had their ploughing competition in a field at the
Mains of Baquhapple farm, Thornhill. Of course mondernisation is
essential but I can't help but feel farmers were more connected to
the land when it had to be toiled in this way. I supect the
wouldn't agree! Beautiful beasties, both the horses and the vintage
Thanks to Archie Paterson for his pics.
So delighted to be welcoming back Nic and Duncan from Aberdeen.
Nic all but grew up here on family holidays and she has had a tough
journey through the world of hospitals since she was last here in
Septmeber 2012. looking amazing and laden with a gorgeous 'Office
hamper' - those biscuits aren't going to last long! Thank you
With its large plate of roots exposed for over a year it was
time to chop this silver birch up and put the plate back to rest on
the earth. Then came the sap, flowing out of the stump, it was
dramatic. Then this morning it had frozen. Icicles and all!
So our now resident canadian geese, who like to show off they're
rather beautiful plummage, in a kind of sail-boat-tacking from
right to left way, look like they've shamed our wee Mallard's, who
are pretending to sleep, camouflaging themselves with the rocks!
'Mon the Mallard's!
We have decided to run a trail, for a year, of 2 new
services, which slightly contradicts our type of business, but have
come to our attention through some feedback.
An 'End of Stay Clean', which would mean not
having to think about picking up the hoover, emptying the
dishwasher or even doing your final recycle...lets us do it for you
and take the pressure off, a different price for each house will
apply and this service will be available to you when booking, or if
you have already booked and wish to use this facility, then just
e-mail and we can add it on.
Similarly, for a 'Mid Week Tidy', a housekeeper
will come in for 2 hours while you're out and tidy round. This can
include a hoover and dishes, or really whatever it is you'd like
done in a 2 hour period. Extra hours can be arranged.
Costs are as follows:
Cedar cabin £25, Pine Lodge £30, "A" Chalets and Apartments £40,
Coach House £60. The 'Mid week tidy', is flat rate of £18, which
would be a 2 hour run round your chalet. If you need longer, that
can be negotiated, we're new at this and so will be super flexible
We understand this isn't for everyone and not adding extra costs
is why you choose a non-serviced self-catering holiday! For others
we are hoping it'll be a bonus.
Excitment! Especially when the children's school bus couldn't
make it. However we had folk arriving from Glasgow and the road was
'clear' until the B8034 and our drive, so 5 hours of shovelling and
salting and snow ball fights (Bunty ending the day with a snow
sculpture of a Bottecelli lady - I think that helps for her art
prelim on Monday?!!) we had black tarmac tracks!