We opened The Dulaig garden to the public today as part of Strathspey Opens Gardens event to raise funds for two local charities, Grantown Museum and Riding for the Disabled.
Even though we were busy all day with visitors enjoying our garden the wild ducks who love lazing on our lawn did not leave. We did have a little sign up letting visitors know about our five little ducklings and we are delighted to say the wee ones were not at all disturbed by all the excitement.
We were astonished recently to see on one of our wildlife cameras that we have a family of FOUR otter making visits to our garden at The Dulaig.
We have known and filmed many times a single otter coming to a particular spot here, but seeing this family blew our socks off!
"These are so sweet, like sugar!" - exclaimed one of our guests recently when she ate Gordon's delicious home-grown tomatoes with her breakfast. These little beauties are indeed super tasty eaten straight from the plant and even more so when roasted in a little local rapeseed oil. Just as well we have plenty of them as our guests love them!
We encourage wildlife to our garden, a haven for animals and for our guests. We are lucky to have a very healthy population of hedgehogs which visit us and this means that on evenings throughout the summer there is quite a good chance of spotting one or two going around the garden.
During this current spell of hot dry weather we put a number of additional water drinking containers and were amazed to see this hedgehog sharing a drink with Skye, one of our...
As you see here, a year after we first discovered it an otter is still visiting us regularly. Being a river otter it is usually out and about in the evening so our films of it are in the dark. It is feasting on troutlings and tiny salmon which are in the burn.
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