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  • Published on Thursday, 01 August 2013

We can all agree that we had a wonderful summer... perfect mix of holidays and sunshine.

Now it’s time to look ahead to Halloween and Christmas, yes … already! Lots of fun to look forward to in the regions around our lovely cottages, so make sure you have a good look at our website and links before you book :)

Colin’s Blog from Bay Farm Cottages, Rosehaugh Estate, Scotland

I have just come in from picking Brambles in the autumn sunshine. What a good way to start the day. It brings back happy memories of my childhood. The weather in Scotland has been wonderful recently; what some people call a “Blackberry Summer”. It has been one of the best harvests for years, andthe grain has been safely gathered in round here.

29th September was Michaelmas Day, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and the beginning of autumn. St. Michael is celebrated as the protector from darkness and evil. It was a tradition to eat a harvest goose, which had been fattened on the stubble fields. It was also one of the old quarter days when rent was due to the Landlord, or you could give him a goose instead. I am sorry that I have not got a goose to give my Landlord this year. In Scotland, the eldest daughter of the family made a cake called St. Michael’s Bannock. Old Michaelmas Day is on 10th October, when the Devil casts his spell on Blackberries. (www.historicUK.com) Actually, I think the first frost does it; I must hurry up and pick my fill of berries, before the weather turns.

October is a lovely time to visit Scotland and there is still plenty to do. I went sailing along the Moray Firth in my boat last week and saw lots of Dolphins.

Best wishes

Loch View Cottage, Conaglen Estate, Scotland

Located on the west side of Loch Linnhe, in a secluded setting, Loch View Cottage provides an ideal location for a family or sporting holiday in the West Highlands of Scotland. The cottage is let by Conaglen Estate which extends to over 40,000 acres of breathtaking scenery.

Holidaymakers can enjoy fishing and excellent hill walking in this wonderful area and are very welcome to roam through the delightful and well-maintained gardens of Conaglen House or take a walk down to the nearby shoreline.

Activities include Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing on the Rivers Cona and Scaddle. Conaglen Estate also offers the very best of West Coast Red Deer Stalking (during season) with the principal stalking beat extending approximately 12 miles from Loch Linnhe to Loch Shiel.

Manor House Farm and Manor House Farm Cottage, North Yorkshire, England

Manor House Farm and Cottage are complete and ready for our lovely guests! The two adjoining cottages are situated in Troutsdale, only a couple of miles from our popular Granary Cottage, and sleep 6 and 4 guests respectively. Please call us for further information as we are in the process of updating our website.

There are plenty of fun Halloween activities listed, as well as a list of the most haunted places in Yorkshire on www.yorkshire.com/features/halloween-in-yorkshire, and the fabulous scary walk, ‘Terror in the Trees’, in Dalby Forest on the eve of Halloween www.forestry.gov.uk/DalbyForest

The wonderfully entertaining Whitby Goth Weekend takes place 1st/2nd November www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/

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