We were very lucky in Grantown-on-Spey to see great views of the partial solar eclipse today. Having had cloudy, rainy skies all morning we were delighted when the skies cleared just before the eclipse started - and even happier that, as if by magic, the clear skies lasted until the end of the eclipse.
This is the view through a special solar filter. You can see a sunspot at around the 10 o'clock position on the sun.
It was a real treat to witness this very special event, e...
We have some new hens at The Dulaig, two Rhode Island Reds which laid these pale cream eggs, and two Crested Cream Legbars. The first ever egg laid by Legbar Hyacinth is this beautiful little blue one.
The very large dark brown eggs are from two of our Cuckcoo Marans. No matter the shell colour we can promise you our eggs all taste delicious!
This was the scene in our garden this morning after heavy snow fell overnight.
One of our very friendly robins was happy to perch in the sunshine and admire the view across the garden.
No wonder it looks more like Christmas than Christmas!
A relaxing evening at home in front of the fire with a lovely Speyside malt whisky, our home-made oatcakes, Connage cheese and a copy of "The Living Mountain", Nan Shepherd's wonderful book on The Cairngorms.....that is how we spent our New Year's Night at The Dulaig.
However you spent your evening we wish you all a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!
We have six inches of snow on the ground outside but are feeling cosy and warm inside, especially in the light of our lovely Christmas Tree. Many of the decorations have been given to us by family and friends, including guests, over several years so every year when we decorate our Christmas Tree it brings back so many happy memories.
We hope you like it.
It has been our absolute pleasure to share our home, garden, love of Scotland and of food, with guests over the past 14 years. The experience of running our B&B exceeded our wildest dreams however we - Carol, Gordon (& The Cake Fairy) - have hung up our aprons for the last time.
Thank you to the wonderful guests from all over the world who have stayed with us. You have given us so many special memories which we will always treasure. Thank you too, everyone else who has supported us: your confidence in us was appreciated more than words can say.
Warmest Wishes to All, Carol, Gordon..and The Cake Fairy x