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  • Published on Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Now that the Bluebells and Green Alkanet are flowering beside the road to Bay Farm, it is time to visit Inverewe Gardens at Poolewe near Gairloch on the North-West coast of Scotland.  Choose a day when the weather is dull and grey in the East and it will probably be fine and sunny on the West.

Inverewe is a very special place.  The Magnolias and the Handkerchief Tree are now in flower, and so are the lovely Azaleas along the front drive. These gardens were created by Osgood Mackenzie in the nineteenth century and have matured into a unique collection of plants and trees from all over the world. Take a look at the images on www.wikipedia.org.inverewe

Osgood Mackenzie was the third son of Sir Francis Mackenzie, the twelfth Laird of Gairloch in Wester Ross.  When Osgood was 20 years old in 1862, his mother purchased the Estate of Inverewe and Kernsary for him to give him something to do. He spent the rest of his life creating a truly remarkable garden with plants he gathered on his travels abroad. Osgood Mackenzie died in 1922. He wrote a book about his life in the Highlands called “A Hundred Years In The Highlands”, which gives a fascinating impression of what it was like for a Highlander in the nineteenth century. For instance, he describes how the local inhabitants built the road from Gairloch to Loch Maree during the Potato Famine in 1846. My father once told me that he travelled along that road from Achnasheen to Gairloch in 1911. It is one of my favourite roads in Scotland.

Inverewe Gardens have been well looked after by The National Trust for Scotland since 1952 and Mackenzie’s old House has just been renovated to house an exhibition showing the history of the Estate.

Poolewe is about 2 hours by road from Bay Farm via Loch Maree.  Go there and spend an after-noon exploring the gardens, and visit the exhibition. You will not regret it.

Colin Heape

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  • Published on Thursday, 12 May 2016
Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea ..

"Scarborough prepares to host the Dale Power Solutions 2016 P1 Yorkshire Grand Prix of the Sea" 14/15 May in lovely Scarborough.  Come and see the powerboat and jetski racing event of the year - and all free!  The sun is set to shine on Scarborough Beach this weekend - and if you need a lovely family friendly (and dog friendly!) self-catering cottage for the weekend, or longer, give us a call quick!

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  • Published on Friday, 06 May 2016
Sedbergh Food Festival
The Sedbergh Food & Drink Festival 2016 will run from 12th to 22nd May with a diverse range of food and events. This is from Visit Sedbergh website:
The Food Festival provides a starting block for what we hope will be something we can build on and bring more people to a town we all love and want to share…
Sedbergh has a rich history of culture and food. It is one of the homes of ‘Rough Fell’ Sheep, once prized for wool, now prized for premium meat, as well as many other quality fell bred livestock. Once housing a plethora of Public Houses, Hotels and Stables, it carries on that tradition in a more diverse nature, offering something for everyone. It’s surroundings are a Chef’s delight, with the livestock on the Howgills themselves, Clear rivers running through surrounding valleys and wild ingredients throughout.
A great opportunity to base yourselves at Primrose Cottage in Sedbergh, and enjoy what sounds like a fantastic event ... 
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  • Published on Friday, 06 May 2016
Scarborough beach and sunshine
Rockpooling on Scarborough beach on a lovely bright evening - and never too old for it!  Summer is truly on the way - you can literally smell it - the gorse flowers smell wonderful and reminiscent of coconuts on a Caribbean beach ... Well I like to think so anyway!  Did you know you can make wine out of the gorse flowers?!  Let's hope the sun keeps shining ... :)
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  • Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Great TdY Weekend in Scarborough

A really memorable weekend in Scarborough with the Tour de Yorkshire Stage 3 finishing up here on Sunday ... The crowds were amazing, you can see some on the bridge in the photo, cheering everyone on - the noise was phenomenal!  The beach was quiet - dog was happy! We have the Powerboat Races coming up in two weeks - another exciting event.  Hopefully the predicted heatwave will set in by then ;)