Showing posts from 2010

Loch Ness Monster: New Sighting Of Nessie

There's bit a new sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, at Aldourie Castle just down the road from Pottery House. Richard Preston saw strange humps in the water whilst working in the Castle gardens. The full story is at STV Loch Ness Moster

Birds in The Garden

The Gold Finch has returned to the garden this morning, visiting the Nijar seed feeder. Not seen one of these for months.

Snow Falls Around Loch Ness

We've had lots of snow since yesterday. It snowed on and off for most of the day yesterday, but didn't settle much as it was too warm. Last night about 10.20 we had a thunderstorm and this morning it looks like this. Beautiful (but I'm glad I don't have to go out to work).

First Snow of The Season.

It's snowing big fluffy flakes here at the moment. First snow of the winter here, although it's not really settling at the moment as it's too warm. Around 1c.

Unexpected Snow Fall

We were in Glen Moriston yesterday afternoon on the other side of Loch Ness when it unexpectedly started snowing. It hadn't been forecast and it snowed great big fluffy flakes until the ground was covered and there was almost an inch on top of the car.

"Together Let's Care" scheme

At Pottery House we are proud to announce that today our donations from guests for the "Destination Loch Ness" voluntary payback scheme "Together Let's Care" have reached £100. A big thank you to all our past guests who donated. Pottery House "Together Let's Care" Donations.

Sunset Over Loch Ness

There was an amazing sunset over Loch Ness last night. It was a very wet day and the weather system finally cleared away to the east just as the sun went down behind the mountains and Abriachan. You can see the line of the end of the weather system moving across through these photos and the blue sky behind it. It was so bright that for a while the light went very orange.

Dr. Geebes, the stone man

Dr. Geebers , or George, has been on Dores Beach for a couple of weeks now, making the most amazing structures with simply the stones from the beach. His installation is popular with visitors and locals alike. George is homeless and so he is walking the entire coastline of the UK to raise awareness of issues facing homelessness, making his stone designs as he goes. There's more information about George and his intriguing journey in the Press And Journal article at Press And Journal

Chilly Clear Day At Loch Ness

It was a beautiful clear day yesterday at Loch Ness, and the insects went mad for the pollen, preparing for the winter ahead. The Michaelmas daisys were particularly popular, with every flower occupied by some sort of insect, bees, wasps, butterflies and wasps.

Rainbow Over Loch Ness

There was an amazingly clear rainbow over Loch ness yesterday morning. It was so clear that everyone at breakfast stood at the window looking out at it.

Half Pound Cake Recipe Added

SInce the Spring we've been offering a Picnic basket service to guests. This means that for £25 we will prepare a basket of home made goodies for you to take out with you for the day to enjoy. One popular option in this is home made fruit cake. Several people have asked for the recipe, so we've added it to the recipe book page of the Pottery House web site.

Pottery House is on the TV

We're on BBC Scotland tonight at 7.30, on The Beechgrove Garden. The folks from Beech Grove came here last week to help with a problem corner, our rose bed. BBC Scotland

Figs In The Garden At Loch Ness

We have a fig tree in the garden, in a pot, which is best becuase they grow better when their roots are restricted. This year there is a great crop of fruits on it, the best we've ever had. Tonight we are having Caramel and Fig tart.

Beechgrove team film at Pottery House Loch Ness

This week the team from the TV program Beechgrove Garden have been filming at Pottery House. We wrote in last year with a problem with out rose border and they came this week to help with the problem, and record it for the program. We should be appearing on the program on the 1st September. Here are photo of us with two of the presenters, Carole and Mike, and below is Glen working (supposedly) with Mike whilst being filmed. Beechgrove Garden

TV Crew at Pottery House today

A crew from the TV program Beechgrove Garden are coming to record an article at Pottery House today. Should be fun and interesting.

South Loch Ness Heritage Tours

There are now organised tours of South Loch Ness. See The Dores Community Web Site for details.

Coigach & Achiltibuie

We had a lovely day out today to Coigach & Achiltibuie , which is the peninsular just north of Ullapool . Fantastic views, amazing mountains, and beautiful sandy beaches. Finished the day off with fish & chips on the harbour front at Ullapool . Perfect.

Wedding On Dores Beach

In the 6 years we've had Pottery House we've had many honeymooners stay with us, had 2 couples get engaged whilst staying and even had 1 lady arrive in her wedding dress. But this week was the 1st time that people got married whilst staying. Linda & Terry (lady with the flowers and gentleman in the white shirt) got mar ried on Dores beach on Wednesday morning.
Went to Chanonry Point this afternoon to watch the dolphins. Took a packed lunch and sat on the beach. Was lovely. Saw the dolphins jumping out of the water but they were a long way away.

Red Squirrel Back In The Garden

Red squirrel was back in the garden today, not seen him for a week or so.

Ceanothus Survives The Ice

Back in January and February of this year the Ceanothus which grows outside our kitchen window was caked in ice for weeks on end. This photo really only shows the start of the ice, it gradually built up to be much thicker than shown here. We really began to wonder if this bush would survive, especially as one the ice had gone many of the leaves where brown and dead. We're delighted it seems to have come out of this bad winter completely unscathed and it is covered in stunning bright blue flowers again this week.

Woodpecker In The Garden

The woodpecker is around a lot at the moment. In previous years they've nested in the trees near us, hopefully they're doing the same again this year.

Glen Etive

We spent yesterday afternoon walking in Glen Etive with friends. It's very remote and wild, but also very beautiful.