This afternoon, guests will be arriving for their fortnight’s holiday at Carrick – The Blue House. This is the view when the house first comes into sight. What kind of a first impression does this make, do you think?
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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)!
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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!
Carrick is now wired up for fibre-optic! From mid March, guests will have free unlimited use of high-speed internet, and free landline calls to UK landlinesContinue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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!Continue reading →
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.
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