Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nothing Beats Home Made Jams, No... Wait, Yes It Does

If you've stayed at Pottery House I hope you've enjoyed our range of home made jams, but did you know that e grow most of the fruit too?

We have an allotment at the other end of Dores where we grow lots of produce, including fruits.

Our allotment with amazing views of Loch Ness


This year we've had a great crop of gooseberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and we've just started cropping the raspberries.

Red Gooseberries

Black Currants

Raspberries

Green Gooseberries

The Highlands of Scotland are well known for their quality soft fruits, due to the climate and the long hours of day light during the summer.
 
 Of course we have to make enough jam to last the year during the few weeks the fruit is in season, so it's a busy time and we like to make a few extra jars to sell because some people like to take some home.




If you've enjoyed the fresh flowers around the house many of them have come from the allotment too. Sweet peas are in abundance right now and the dahlias are just starting to bloom. Blue statice is a staple of our vases and looks great at the moment.

Blue Statice growing on the allotment
Sweet Peas






Saturday, July 23, 2016

Strawberry Jam Season

It's that lovely time of year when the soft fruits are in season and it's jam making time.

So far we've only made strawberry, with delicious fruits from Tollie Fruit farm, but there are gooseberries and blackberries ripening quickly on our allotment with the promise of raspberries to come.

We have a few jars for sale to guests, so don't forget to buy one when you check out.


Pottery House Home Made Strawberry Jams

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Online Deposit Payment System

We're pleased to announce a major change to our online booking system, making booking your stay with us quicker and simpler.

We used to take online payments for deposits through PayPal, but this was complicated to use, asked you the guest lots of unnecessary questions and was expensive for us.

We've now replaced this with secure online card processing company called Stripe, much easier to use and gives us much more scope for improvements to our system in the future.

Now when you click the "Pay Deposit" button you'll see this simple screen. Enter your details, click and you'll get a screen confirming your payment has been processed. Of course we'll still send a confirmation email.

If you want more information please contact us. 



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beautiful Day On Loch Ness

It's really been a beautiful week on Loch Ness this week. Clear blue skies most of the time and the Spring flowers are really coming through.

The countryside is covered is primroses at this time of year and they're looking spectacular all over the hills and even along the road sides here on South Loch Ness.



Another flower which covers the ground this time of year is the Wood Anemone, their tiny white flowers are all over the place at the moment, even in the garden here at Pottery House. 

 
Wood Anemone



And looking spectacular against the blue sky is the gorse.




#scotland #wildflowers #scotspirit #travel #tourism #flowers #lochness #southlochness #highlands

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Crazy Nest Site

We often get birds nesting in the garden, in bushes, in the woodshed, even in the Ceanothus under kitchen window.

However this year a black bird has chosen a very strange site. She's nesting on top of the gas tank round the back of the house. I guess it's a perfect site as it's very secluded and the gas tank is too smooth for any critter to climb up. Just seems  a very weird site.

Bird Nesting On A Gas Cylinder

Bird Nesting On A Gas Cylinder
 #lochness #birdnest

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Daffs Are Out

The Daffs are out, not only in the garden but all through the village of Dores. They're looking spectacular this year.







#daffodils, #spring #lochness #southlochness #scotland #scotspirit

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Sound Of South Loch Ness






This is what South Loch Ness sounds like. It's beautiful, amazing wildlife, but mos of all it's far from the busy A82 road and the tourist traps.