For many, December sounds like a noisy avalanche of snow filled with stress from the ups and downs of holidays, gift shopping, meal preparations, visits to family and friends, and many more. For others, December evokes memories, tranquillity, peace, intimacy.
In order to achieve this, they yearn to be in a magical place that takes them away from worldly noise and brings them closer to the essence of life: happiness. House of Mark is the ideal place to find the intimacy of the soul. There you will be sheltered with the cosy blanket of tranquillity, the hot chocolate of peace and a friendly family warmth. Come and visit us.
It’s the most wonderful time of year. Scotland boasts many attractions that make it a fantastic country to celebrate the festive season.
Take lovely scenic walks…cosy up in front of an open fire and admire the wonderful winter views…
The fact that Scotland’s weather is slightly more unpredictable means that tourists also have that added chance of a white Christmas – which is surely the thing that most people in the world aspire to experience!
Sitting by the open fire glancing out of the window large snowflakes are gently falling, branches of the trees laden down with the weight of snow – so magical and picturesque! It has been snowing off and on every day for the past week, snow drifts over 6 feet high blocking the driveway, luckily the larder and freezer are well stocked.
It’s a continuous job refilling the bird food containers for the ravenous variety of birds including the woodpeckers, also clearing the snow from their table to place food for the red squirrels. A worthwhile task as it’s a joy to sit watching them from inside close up to the window. Thank goodness for my chest waders, usually worn for casting the fly but in this case to walk outside, knee high wellies are too short with this depth of snow…! I have to admit most people will think I am mad (it must be difficult for most that have to travel) but it is rare to see snow like this and I am sure it will soon be gone so now time to wrap up warm and venture out camera in hand!
P.S. Have been looking out for a chance to see the illusive Otter as tracks are so clear at the moment!
Whatever the time of year there is always something interesting to see around House of Mark. As I sit here working away on my computer two magnificent stags are grazing less than 300 yards from the window. Looking so regal – one can understand why these handsome ‘boys’ are known as the ‘Monarch of the Glen’! (as painted by Sir Edwin Lanseer).
As I move into the dining room just outside the window three red squirrels nibble away at the peanuts from the bird feeder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmI0205JvGo, occasionally scampering after each other playfully on the lawn. The Great Spotted Woodpecker ignoring them completely as he pecks away at another feeder. Most guests have also enjoyed watching these antics during breakfast time.
Distractions from my work – yes, but I think I am a very lucky person, don’t you?
Very little sleep this week as I’ve been hosting a transition stage of the 5 days of ‘Open Adventure’ live.addidas-ar.com
The competitive race started in Stirling and ended in Stirling 620kms later. The teams made up of four people to include a least one female were from all over the world. They had to mountain bike, canoe, orienteer, or run on different stages. Teams started to arrive at House of Mark from 02.00 on Wednesday and were still arriving after 21.00, these teams being the premier teams who chose to take a harder lengthier route. A busy day!
House of Mark fed and watered the teams and helped the transition to the next stage a mere 105 kms run. The event organised by Open Adventure’s team and workaholic enthusiasts will be shown on channel 4 in the near future.
The whole race is an eye opener for any would be Mr and Mrs Fit who thinks a triathlon is easy.
Take a look here is the leading team really tired now after a few days no stop