A bit of a wreck – a bit of an understatement

We said in our very first blog post that Balliemeanoch was a project, a labour of love.  Well here we are, six months in, and well on the way there.  The farmhouse is open and receiving bed and breakfast guests, and we’re starting to think about the self-catering cottages in the steading.  It’s taken aContinue reading “A bit of a wreck – a bit of an understatement”

On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks

Will all my travel blogs have a song attached? I wonder. We’re very close to Loch Lomond, and it’s always one of our first stops when we pick up friends from the airport. It’s usually their first glimpse of a majestic Scottish loch and we know that once we get them to Loch Fyne andContinue reading “On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks”

Here come the girls!

A great big Balliemeanoch welcome to our six new Black Rock hens. I know it’s not quite the same thing, but we felt a bit like new parents coming home from the hospital with a newborn as we brought our ‘girls’ back to Balliemeanoch last weekend.  Books, internet research and friendly advice is all wellContinue reading “Here come the girls!”

Two rooms with great views!

Well, here we are, ready to welcome our first visitors.  It’s been a long haul, but stage one is looking pretty splendid – even if I do say so myself.  I’m not fooling myself, mind you, lots more to do and I am sure there’ll be plenty more of our exploits to share, but ourContinue reading “Two rooms with great views!”

Easter visitors – meet Barnaby, a very well-travelled bear

 A bit like that other bear with the red wellies, Barnaby Bear has been around a bit. His home is with Class 1 at Greenhill Primary School in Wakefield but, whenever possible, he accompanies his classmates and teachers on their travels, and captures his adventures on camera to share them with the class when heContinue reading “Easter visitors – meet Barnaby, a very well-travelled bear”

February 2012, nearly there!

With February came some surprisingly gorgeous weather and our first visitors (more of them later).  The weather meant that building work could crack on apace, and we saw velux windows, downpipes, BT and their lovely broadband, working loos (hurrah, never thought that a sewage pipe could cause so much joy) and fixtures and fittings galore.Continue reading “February 2012, nearly there!”

The first month … storms, drains and automobiles (well tractors, actually)

So, as you already know, we saw the place, couldn’t resist it and moved to Scotland.  We knew it wouldn’t be quite ready for us to move in and might need a few tweaks, so we set up camp in the most fantastic surroundings of Strachur House, in the lovely Rhoda’s Cottage. Our love forContinue reading “The first month … storms, drains and automobiles (well tractors, actually)”

A picture paints a thousand words

Where better to share images of our adventures than on facebook? I’ve just set up a new facebook page for Balliemeanoch Farmhouse and Steading, so please do have a look and like our page and enjoy the views. I certainly do. We’ll share our news on this blog and via facebook, so you are sureContinue reading “A picture paints a thousand words”

The start of the story of Balliemeanoch

She said she was coming on holiday.  In fact, all she’s done is chronicle every move we’ve made,  either on Twitter or by blogging.  And you know what – I decided to give it a go myself. I’m Angela, he’s Charlie.  We have both lived in London for more years than we care to mention.Continue reading “The start of the story of Balliemeanoch”