Excitement abounds just had my first sighting of a pair of White Tailed Eagles, also known as Sea Eagles … majestic raptors reintroduced to Scotland since becoming extinct.
Make no mistake! these are big birds, flying barn doors. Right on the door step encircling Loch Lee and the mountain lochs, swooping silently waiting till the next meal can be snatched from the waters. Four times the size of a buzzard, two and a half metres wing span and at over one metre high; yet patience is required to see this the UK’s largest bird.
Wedding! Wedding! Wedding! … all a rush… no Fixit being calm ignited into military mode arranging all to minute detail – just like a Fredrick Forsyth novel. “Can I get married at House of Mark?” said the bride-to-be. We replied ‘of course’, had a stiff drink in the aftermath of consideration of the “all to dos” oh and don’t forget the flowers!
My role was the creation of the Wedding menu, to be based on a totally Scottish local food theme with a touch of “me”. Hendrick’s Scottish Gin and Concombre Sorbet; went down a treat!
I think Fixit had the microphone for lunch … MC and all that, the Marquee within the walled garden glistened in the sunshine. Oh, by the way, thanks to all for making the Wedding day go zoomingly.
I find occasionally I need time to myself to reflect on life and generally think things through, we probably all do, don’t we? Glenesk is an ideal place to have some solitude for a few hours. With my soul mates at my side (Zoe and Lola, my dogs) as company, I set off to make my first visit to The Queen’s Well.
An overcast day, fine drizzle and low cloud I followed the path with the Water of Mark on my left, not far before I spied a small herd of red deer approximately 150 yards away I sat on a rock to watch them for a few minutes grazing at the side of the water what an amazing sight. How lucky I am to have such wonderful wildlife on the doorstep. Time to move on and after about 30 minutes of easy walking I suddenly see the ‘stone crown’ in the distance, a strange feeling came over me thinking that I was on the same path as Queen Victoria used to ride.
For those of you visiting this part of the world, it is well worth visiting the Queen’s Well. My venture taking less than a couple of hours in total with the occasional stop, binoculars at the ready, then returning home feeling refreshed and at peace with the world, new ideas in my head and two sleepy girls ready to stretch out in their beds.
For a number of years, I have kept Guinea Fowl, they are amazing ‘watch dogs’ making a lot of noise when strangers or predators (e.g. Mr. Fox) approach the property, especially at night when roosting in the trees. They love to roam around the garden all together mopping up the insects including midges and tics but thankfully ignoring the plants. The labs are often seen stretched out in the sunshine amongst the guineas and are protective of each other. This year for the first time I decided to try to hatch some Guinea Fowl eggs. After 28 days incubation, I returned from visiting friends to find my first keet (guinea chick), what a sweet little bundle of fluff! Panic stations, find heat lamp, box, bedding etc. The following day two more keets!
Now some of you may ask are the Guineas for eating? NO WAY!! Although delicious to eat these are my pets, they do have a rather exotic touch, not one would say beautiful – just different!
Number 10 has one! (So I’m told as not been invited yet!)
May 1st, 2012
Knock Knock.. who’s there… a Lion’s head door clatterer, that should wake the dogs !!Mr. Fix-it required to attach to the front door. Ah yes, that will mean a repaint prior too… what colour? Probably black anyway come and see I want Red but as this is our new venture all is up for discussion. Let the readers decide!
Now I found this knock knock at a rather lovely localish auction in Dundee. I just love auctions, don’t you? We are refurbishing the old manse so much more to buy.