As it wriggled, snake-like, upstream towards the security of a patch of overhanging goat willow, I could see that it was in fact an eel on the rocks.
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From The Big Garden & Croft, 13th July 2017 >
The walk runs anti-clockwise from the hill gate ◊ It’s a 4km walk, it’ll take an hour and half to two hours … and we’ll get back in time for lunch (just)!
Read this post in full at The Big Garden and Croft : of Whinchats and Wheatears
No, not that sort of guests – nor anyone staying at Carrick!
The scene of this little story, told recently on The Big Garden blog, is just ten minutes walk up the croft from Carrick, a little above the hill fence. From May to mid October, most of the island’s livestock spends the summer high up on the common grazings, free to forage as they wish. Guests at Carrick – the guests we are expecting! – are welcoming to join me on my morning routine. They’ll certainly get an audience with Queenie herself, and there could be lambs to delight in, shearing to watch or help with, or the ponies to meet. Or why not continue up to the summit of the hill – you’ll already be more than half-way there!
From The Big Garden & Croft, 6th July 2017 >
I lay down big fistfuls of sheepnuts, arranged in an irregular line keeping it short so that the sheep crowd together and exclude the uninvited guests.
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Jonathan & Denise >
A few months ago we found we’d finally arrived at the point where we could to firm up plans for the field between Carrick and the sea – for far too long a source of frustration and embarrassment. Now, with official consents received, funds ready and waiting, and contractor appointed, work can get under way … once the holiday season is over. So, okay, not quite time for action just yet!
Jonathan and Denise >
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! >