THE BOTHY at GARDEN COTTAGE
Autumn colours have finally arrived as can be seen in the picture of the Acharn falls above. The leaves are falling quite fast now and the last of the holidaymakers will be mostly gone by November. We have been using the log burners quite a bit now as the evenings are quite cool and the fire always supplies a warming glow even if the temperatures do not quite justify it! Notwithstanding that, there is still some colour in the garden supplied by the roses and the rowan berries in the old stable yard.
The red squirrels are more in evidence this month – we do not see too many of them in the garden during the summer. We have ordered more nuts for the feeders to encourage them into the garden. Our guests always like to see them and it is important to provide food for both squirrels and birds as the year moves towards winter.
We have finally used the apple store. No, not the high tech version but the original Victorian apple store attached to the Bothy built in 1896. We stacked a few crates of our best quality eating and cooking apples in it the other day. The temperature in the store needs to stay just above freezing for the fruit to remain at its best and the roof is lined to achieve this. So far the store seems to be performing as it was intended. As you can see from the photo, there is plenty of space on the shelves as we do not have very many apples to store but we will get considerably more once our trees grow in the coming years.
The last Logierait market of the year took place last weekend – we always look forward to this and enjoy meeting lots of locals for a good blether. The weather was reasonably kind although the ground was a wee bit soggy- one had to take care to keep the car off the soft parts of the field in order not to get stuck!
Finally, we went to loch Ness for Charlie’s 15th birthday to see the exhibition and have a boat ride. The weather was typical for the time of year (wet and misty) but we were rewarded with a close-up of the coastguard undertaking training winch rescues with a local fishing vessel. Not something one sees very often in the middle of Scotland.