Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring lambs.

We drove past the recently born Spring lambs running about on the fields near the village of Dores looking out on to Loch Ness. They were enjoying life on a sunny morning. 




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring has arrived at last.

The beginning of Spring arrived with snow showers and a very chilly wind. Sunday was particularly cold but unfolded with a clear blue sky which highlighted the snowy mountains around Loch Ness.






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Red squirrels enjoy fine dining

The native red squirrels are abundant in the local woodland although they are more easily spotted at the bird/squirrel tables in nearby gardens. They still have their noticeable long ear tufts which kept them warm in the colder Winter weather but they will be soon be shedding them for a warmer Springtime. The young are born during May/June and are good fun to watch running around the area.







Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day trip to Nairn beach

Only about one hours drive away from Camerons Cottage is the seaside town of Nairn on the east coast. It has a wonderful long white clean sandy beach and it is very relaxing to walk along, just listening to the waves pounding on the shore and the seagulls calling overhead. On a clear day like today you can see across to the Black Isle with its snow capped mountains. Facing the beach there is a lovely large open park with paths and plenty of benches and picnic areas to relax in highlighted with colourful seasonal flowers.  






Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fire in the Tea Room !

The wood burning fire in the Tea Room and Farm Shop on Glenlia Farm has now been constructed and is in operation. It is very cosy and warm and a welcoming focal point for the business.






Friday, February 28, 2014

Watched the Aurora Borealis.....WOW

The 'Aurora Borealis'also known as the Northern Lights, gave one of its best displays for ten years last night due to a cloudless and starry night sky. This spectacular phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles originating from solar winds leaving the Sun. On entering the Earth's atmosphere they cause gas atoms in the sky to glow in a dramatic display of colours ranging through the spectrum of greens, pinks, reds and purples. The display was seen over wide ranging parts of the UK from Wick in N.Scotland as far south as Jersey. It was also seen in N.Ireland, Essex,Gloucestershire, Norfolk and S.Wales.
Click here for dramatic photos from BBC News
Click here for YouTube footage from Sutherland in N.Scotland.
Ali was out working and phoned to tell us to go up to Whitebridge and watch the display. It was amazing and is due to occur again tonight.






Sunday, February 16, 2014

Our ponies in the sunshine

This week we have had a slight smattering of snow at lower levels but lots of snow has been falling on higher ground and the ski centres are really busy. The temperature today is a pleasant 7C and our two ponies have been enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. Oden, the small Shetland pony and Rummy, the larger Highland pony from the Isle of Rum enjoy each others company and run around the field together.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Snow scenes

The weather has been very placid in the Highlands this winter and such a marked contrast to other parts of the UK which has endured terrible rain and high winds. We have had snow on the high ground over 1000 feet but none at lower levels...yet. However some fleeting snow showers are forecast for this weekend. Scenic scenes all round.