This has been an exciting month for Aultbea !
This has been an exciting month for Aultbea !
Aultbea Hall has been granted nearly £10,000
from the National Lottery
to buy cinema equipment so that the community
can have it's own cinema again.
Aultbea Hall was originally built as a temporary
cinema building in the 2nd World War,
so thank you Stan Miller for initiating this for everyone
and to the National Lottery.
Janette and Lorna's "Croft Fresh" pop-up cafe
pops up every Thursday in Aultbea Hall
from 11am to 2pm
So, for tea, coffee, yummy homemade cakes,
delicious homemade soup
and a very warm welcome come along !
Our end-of-drive notice board reminds passers by,
when it's not raining that is !
Our Sunday morning swims continue
but unfortunately Jenny is moving on for a
new adventure with her fiance 😢
So for a little while at least this was Jenny's last swim
around the pier and round the yellow bouy .
Swimming in Loch Ewe always brings a smile to Jenny's face
and ours !
Sunday mornings are not all about our swimming,
our dogs love it too.
Notice Janette's new whippet on the right,
(name to be confirmed)
who has settled in to the Sunday fun, no problem .
Wilma doesn't do jumping (legs too short)
Wilma doesn't do running (legs too short)
not when her friends are whippets and labradors !
Malcolm's Mum continues to enjoy her new life
in Isle View nursing home, Aultbea
where there is always something entertaining going on.
This month they held a wonderful garden party
to herald in the arrival of their new chickens
and newly built chicken coup.
Meet Nikki the White Sussex, Flora the Black Rock
and Elsie the Maran.
There were a couple of extra large chickens made their way
to the party too!
The pipe band brought in for the occasion
was possibly a bit too loud
as the chickens remained firmly out of sight !
Fiona brought her two ponies down to join in the festivities
and enjoyed the afternoon's sunshine.
Everyone enjoyed the afternoon,
with tea, cakes, raffle and stalls
and face painting, I can never resist it.
Everyone smiles at you when your face is gaily painted
with flowers !
Or are they just thinking "weirdo" ?
The daffodil bulbs planted earlier this year
along the driveway have all blossomed and
brought extra cheeriness on those grey days
Malcolm is helped most mornings by Tilly
who seems fascinated by the screen,
we try to limit her screen time.
All available window sills and surfaces
in the kitchen and spare bedroom
are currently taken up with seedlings,
just need some more sunshine.
The peaches on our 3 year old peach tree in the greenhouse
are coming on brilliantly, this year there should be
about 100 or more peaches !
The cover is on the new polytunnel,
with just a few more adjustments
it will be ready for planting .
Tilly has found her "must-go-to" spot in the greenhouse
where she can often be found relaxing.
Tilly can also be found just hanging around
contemplating daffodils ....
doing acrobatics and wondering whose tail
that belongs to ...
or seeing how near she can get to the hay
without Zara getting annoyed.
Wilma after a busy digging day on the croft.
Zara looking nice and slim ready to get eating
the lovely rich grass coming through.
A stunning shot of the Scottish Highlands
captured by the International Space Station
from around the end of February,
notable for its lack of clouds
which hamper space photography,
especially during Scottish winters.
With all the world attention on the huge problem
of plastics in our oceans and landfill,
I took another look in our bathroom.
Instead of buying another plastic bottle of shampoo and
another bottle of conditioner,
I bought a bar of Oliva soap;
it can be used as soap, conditioner, men's shaving foam,
probably wash clothes and the dog with it,
all gentle, no plastic, only a cardboard box, takes up less room in the bathroom and your suitcase when travelling
what's not to like ?
After all soap is soap,
it's only advertising that says we need all these multitudes of products.
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Bye for now
enjoy the month of May,
from all of us down on the croft
up in the Highlands