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”

Meet Marley. DOB 29 July 2012.

In the words of his great namesake, ‘Could you be loved?’  You bet!  In fact, it was love at first sight. I mean, just look at his picture – I challenge you not to melt on the spot into a great big puddle of gooey soppiness. We have always longed to have a dog, CharlieContinue reading “Meet Marley. DOB 29 July 2012.”

Egg-tastic! Small, but perfectly formed.

After weeks of nervous anticipation, our gorgeous girls have started to lay! I have been trying to manage my own expectations, and not get too anxious.  We had been warned that, although our chickens could start laying as early as 22 weeks,

Holy mackerel! – a feast from loch to table

Fantastic, fun and totally delicious. We enjoy a spot of fishing, and there is no shortage of great places to fish around Balliemeanoch – both sea and fresh water.

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!”

Let’s hop on our bikes and go to the pub

Seemed like a simple enough suggestion, so off we went, free-wheeling to the Creggans.  The recent showery spell has kept us mostly indoors for a couple of days and we were in need of some fresh air and exercise.  A little run down our quiet lane, then along the shores of Loch Fyne, followed byContinue reading “Let’s hop on our bikes and go to the pub”

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”

March 2012 – in like a lion….

We’re in! Much as we enjoyed our stay at Rhoda’s Cottage, we were itching to move into Balliemeanoch.  And that’s exactly what we did, early in March. We still had to rough it for a while.  There was heat, light and hot water (and not forgetting, of course those miraculous flushing loos!) but not muchContinue reading “March 2012 – in like a lion….”

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!”