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So far, nine out of our fourteen ewes have lambed, with 13 lambs alive and skipping!
The Outer Hebrides is being wired up for fibre-optic broadband! The work started a couple of years ago, and maybe has another year to run. As is to be expected, Stornoway was sorted out first. More remote and thinly-populated (or is that even more thinly!) areas will be last – the very people who need broadband most, and have the worst service right now (or in some cases, none). However let’s steer clear of politics, and just announce that –
High-speed internet has arrived! As a landline is necessary, Carrick has now been connected up, and is now equipped with both landline phone and internet. Starting mid-March 2017 our guests will have use of vastly improved remote connectivity!
Free unlimited internet
Up to 55Mbps via secure WiFi
Low cost voice and text calls and messages
Carrick now has a landline phone which is available for guests to use as follows:
Incoming Calls: Unlimited free incoming voice and text calls, including from mobiles and international, excluding operator-connected.
Outgoing Calls: Voice and text calls to UK numbers beginning 01, 02, 03, 0845, 0870, and up to 60mins duration, are charged at 2p per minute. Outgoing calls 60mins or more duration are charged at 10p per minute. Any other use of the phone (eg mobiles, international) is by prior arrangement, and is charged at cost plus 10%.
You know you’ve settled well into a coastal community you’ve moved to, when the locals leave fresh-caught fish at your doorstep for you. It contributes to feeling a sense of Plaice. The post A Sense of Plaice appeared first on The Big Garden and Croft.
Denise: Due to a last-minute (strictly, last half-hour!) cancellation, we’ve unexpectedly got a vacancy at Carrick over Hogmanay, from today (29th December) onwards, and at special prices! If you check prices online here, you’ll find that the normal price has been discounted by 25% for arrivals within the next 7 days (until 5th January), at 15% if you arrive the following week. If, however, you’re happy to call us on 01878 700828 instead of just booking online, we’ll take your booking and payment over the phone and add a further 5% discount for the sake of being nice! What’s more, it looks like the Met Office has decided to arrange sunshine over the holiday!
Denise: We’re ‘wall dressing’ at Carrick. Here’s two paintings – well, limited edition prints of paintings! – by a leading Uist artist, Judith Entwistle-Baker. They’re fairly big – emphasizing the dramatic scenes of St Kilda (an archipelago – now uninhabited – 50 miles or so west of the Outer Hebrides). One of these will be hung in the lobby, the other in the hall.
[Click on either picture to see it full size.]
Denise: We’ve now got a booking for Carrick over Christmas 2016. A couple, making a winter tour of the islands with their campervan (as one does!), fancy a few days of luxury from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day. Yup, we’d do the same!
What about you? How about making it a Hebridean Hogmanay? Check availability now! >
Calmac have now published the ferry timetable for winter 2016-2017, (last Saturday in October through to the last in March). The Oban-Lochboisdale service returns – in addition to the now firmly established Mallaig-Lochboisdale route.Continue reading →
Mid August 2016: This will be a sight familiar (if not so close-up) to our Carrick guests! The two rams knocking eachother about are just engaged in a wee tussle – nothing serious. The one on the right knows he’s a rung or two down the ladder! Whilst they’re busy squabbling – the others get on with eating.