Our new young Silver Sussex hen, Agnus is, like all of our hens, is named after a plant...but we think "Eleagnus Quicksilver" is a bit of a mouthful!
Talking about a mouthful, though she has just started laying eggs Agnus is already our best laying hen. She has even produced some HUGE eggs with double yolks and they are absolutely delicious, especially when fried.
"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...
The Cromdale Hills are just three miles from Grantown and can be seen from our street. Today we decided that, having looked at these hills for ten years, we would climb them at last. What a wonderful walk we had and on such a stunning day.
These hills have a reputation for being very boggy on the plateau but as we have had virtually no rain for three months we figured we would be fine, and we were. The hills were almost empty, the only other walkers a party of school...
Just finished making the first batch the year of of Seville orange marmalade. These little bitter oranges are too sharp to eat uncooked but they do make amazing marmalades!
The batches I made today include Seville and Ginger, Seville and Demerara and our own very special recipe, Whisky Mac which has a good measure of Laphroig Scotch Malt whisky.
As you can see I like to use recycled glass jars.
Our guests will have plenty of delicious marmalades to choose from, ...