Spring in Scotland

Ducks enjoying a scottish pond

The Mallard ducks enjoying a swim

Late into the evening last night we could hear the birds still singing a sure sign that Spring is here. It seems like it has been a very long winter, in fact it has!. We got our first snow on the 17th December and it seems like we have had traces of snow from then until last week. I must say though despite the snowy conditions all our guests over Christmas and New Year got to the cottages and had a fabulous time enjoying the seasonal weather – we all like a white Christmas. Well enough about the Winter – we are delighted that spring now seems to have arrived. The gardens at last have some colour, albeit mostly yellow, as the daffodils have finely flowered. The birds are enjoying the sunshine and are busy collecting materials for their nests, (why is it the females seem to do this while the males just stand and watch).

Our chickens

Some of our chickens

The office for Wilderness Cottages, is a log cabin in our garden and it’s a lovely place to work, especially on days like today. The sun is streaming through the window and looking out we can see a roe deer grazing in the woodland a pair of mallard ducks are enjoying a swim on the pond after spending the morning sleeping on the bank and our bantams are strolling around the garden. We incubated the bantam chickens last summer, a selection of pekins, red and lavender and some silkies, sadly only one silkie hatched. Scruffy – a beautiful black one. I have named them all but I am sure you don’t really want to know their names. They have a lovely time roaming round the garden and visiting our guests at Lianachan. They like to sit and watch our dogs too, they perch on the fence opposite the kennel run for hours at a time, probably telling the dogs how good it is outside! Laurel one of the cockerels is very vocal so don’t be surprised if you hear him in the background if you call the office.