It's Marmalade Time

We know guests love our home made orange marmalade and it's that time of year that the seville oranges are in season.

They're only available for a short period so we have to make the most of them when we can, the whole house smells of orange at the moment.

This year as well as the standard orange we've made orange and orange and coriander. The spice gives and extra warth and really brings out the orange flavour.

As always we've made a few extra jars to sell so if you stay with us over the coming weeks and months be sure to pick up a jar to take home.

First Signs Of Spring

It's been quite a long, cold winter here in the Highlands and it's not over yet with more forecasts of snow later this week.

However the first sign of spring is already showing in the garden, the snow drops are in flower.

Front Double Deluxe Gets A Refresh

We can't believe it's been 5 years since we refurbished the Front Double Deluxe room.

It was in need of a bit of a refresh as we felt the black accent wall was getting a little dated.

So the whole room has been redecorated with a new, bright, warm design and colour change, the whole room and en-suite have been repainted and there's brand new black-out curtains for those long summer nights.

We think it looks fabulous, hope you do too.

Everyone Is Eating Other Peoples Dinner`

First the Pine Marten discovered the feeder intended for the red squirrels (see previous post) and he's now a regular visitor (if you're booked to stay with us in the next couple of weeks be sure to ask if you'd like to see him).

Now the red squirrels have decided to move on to the peanut feeder intended for the birds.

It's not that the pine marten have scared the red squirrels off their feeder, they're on it every day as well and we keep it topped up, it's just that some squirrels seem to relish the challenge of hanging upside down trying to pull peanuts out through the wire.

Duck On The Garage Roof

We like to see the bird life from the breakfast room window, but this morning guests were a little surprised to look out and see a duck staring back at them.
Took him a while to work out how to get off again, having trouble taking off along a narrow ridge, but he managed it eventually.

Who Ate All The Peanuts

It's strange, lately the peanuts in the squirrel feeder in the garden have been disappearing really quickly recently.

Then a couple of days ago I noticed this...

Looks like a bit of a fat squirrel.

Of course it's not, we've found the culprit. A pine marten has discovered the feeder and been helping himself to all the nuts.

Return Of The Lower Falls Glen Nevis Painting

I grew up in the South of England, both my parents were Londoners but they always had a love of the Scottish Highlands, they visited frequently and had friends living in Fort William, I have fond memories of family holidays here.
For all of my youth a particular painting hung above the fireplace in our front room, in fact you can see it in the photo taken at Christmas some time in the early 1970's (yes, that's me, the painting is on the right above the old 1970's electric fire). It was painted by my father, he was an amateur oil painter but only ever painted 3 paintings.

After Mum (on the right) passed away in 1995 the painting ended up  in my attic and it's pretty much stayed there over the years, even here at Pottery House.

It didn't really mean much apart from the memory of it always being on the wall at home, until I showed it to a close friend and he immediately said "That's Lower Falls in Glen Nevis".

I had to investigate so one…