Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.


Lower Falls Painting Christmas 1970
Christmas Early 1970's, Hedger Household
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".


My photo of Lower Falls, Glen Nevis
I had to investigate so one day we took a trip, when we arrived in Glen Nevis it was quite an emotional moment because my father's painting is so obviously these falls and there really is only one spot that my parents could have stood on to see that exact shot of the falls, I suspect long before I was born.



       My Mums original photo from 1960's       




The other slightly sad thing is I have recently digitized all my Mums photo slides and among them I found her photo which my father used to paint the painting.


It seems a great  shame that this painting with such a beloved family history is hidden away in the attic, so in the last couple of weeks I have taken it apart, repainted the frame in it's original white, cleaned the picture and varnished it, it looks as good as new.

My Parents, Glen Coe, pre 1963 (before I was born).










I'm now proud to have it hanging here at Pottery House and 
you can see this little piece of my family history on the landing.

It may not be a masterpiece, but it's very special to me.
Lower Falls, Glen Nevis painted by Leslie George Hedger

Friday, February 24, 2017

Room Refurbished, and it's looking fabulous

Stylish Room with Super King bed

 

Well, it's taken a little longer than we'd planned, but our large double room is now fully refurbished.









We're delighted how it's turned out, hope you agree.



 The room's been completely redecorated in a grey and purple scheme, it looks fresh and clean with a nice twist of colour. We love the brick effect feature wall behind the bed, it looks stunning with some of our original art work on it, the clematis flowers are photos of flowers from the garden processes through Photoshop to look like pencil art and the view above the bed was taken across Loch Ness from at the bottom of our drive.

There's a new carpet and new blackout curtains, great for those early morning sunrises in the summer months.


Lovely, spacious en suite with brand new larger shower.
The en suite has a brand new, much larger shower and all the fixtures and fittings in the bathroom have been replaced. There's a brand new soap dispenser in the shower with lovely Highland Soaps products, Rosemary & Wild Nettle Shampoo and Wild Nettle And Heather body wash.

There's a large mirror above the sink with built in LED lights and a really nice adjustable shaving mirror. We've even installed a nice new towel holder.


We love it and we're sure you will too, to book this room visit our website now at www.potteryhouse.co.uk

#scotspirit #lochness #lochnessplacestostay

Friday, January 27, 2017

Day Out To Applecross and Rogie Falls

The drive to Applecross is amazing and easily done in a day trip from Pottery House.

You head north on the A9 and then head towards Ullapool which finds the first stop, Rogie Falls. There's a suspension bridge for excellent views of the falls plus lots of walks through the surrounding woodlands.


River Above Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls

Robin At Rogie Falls.

The robin just sat on the directional sign at the falls just watching us, I think he thought we'd brought food.

From Rogie Falls we travelled up to Garve and then across some of the wildest and most remote parts of the Highlands to Achnasheen and LochCarron. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and surprisingly mild considering the time of year.


Lochcarron 


We stopped to take photos at Russell Burn and The Bealach na Ba, an absolutely beautiful spot before the climb up the Applecross pass.

Russell Burn and Bealach na Ba

Road to Bealach na Ba

Russell Burn and Bealach na Ba

The road then winds up the Applecross Pass across the plateau and finally down into Applecross itself. Of course you can't visit Applecross without a visit to the Applecross Inn where we enjoyed fish and chips and dressed crab salad. Absolutely gorgeous.


Applecross 

Cheeky Chap At Applecross

View of Applecross across the bay

We had a nice walk around Applecross before the winter sunshine faded and we started our journey home. 

The road through Applecross is also part of the NC500, North Coast 500


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Page On The Pottery House Website

Had a great idea the other day, don't know why we haven't thought about it before.

The Pottery House website needs a restaurant recommendations page.

Now added, hope you find it useful.

Pottery House Restaurant Recommendations. 

Pottery House website page - Restaurant Recommendations

Monday, January 09, 2017

Red Squirrels In the Garden

We see red squirrels in the garden on and off throughout the year, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. Sometimes there are here every day, sometimes we don't see them for days or even weeks.

At the moment though when natural food is scarce we see them every day, not just one either, this morning three have been chasing each other around the tree with the squirrel feeder on it.

It's lovely to see, the are beautiful animals.

Here's a few photos for you to enjoy, I'll try and post a video of them chasing each other.