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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…

Room Refurbished, and it's looking fabulous

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.

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 b…

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.

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.

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

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 c…

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. 

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.

The Orange Marmalade Is Nearly All Gone

The home made orange marmalade is nearly all gone, but don't panic, it's only a few weeks until marmalade making season is here when the Seville oranges appear in the shops, towards the end of January.

However just to tide us over I've made a fresh batch of our very popular lemon marmalade.

There's a couple of extra jars for sale if you're staying with us soon and would like some to take home.