Ploughing the vintage way

The Buchlyvie District Ploughing Society was formed in 1872 and this year they had their ploughing competition in a field at the Mains of Baquhapple farm, Thornhill. Of course mondernisation is essential but I can’t help but feel farmers were more connected to the land when it had to be toiled in this way. I suspect […]

Scots Pine Branch Snaps Off!

Sitting watching telly on Wednesday night last week and we hear what sounds like one of those big sparkly fireworks going off. A quick look out and we can’t see anymore going off and Chris ponders… ‘Tree down’? Thursday morning revealed this…as there is no rot it does make us wonder if it should come down […]

Swing Ball Tournament

So Wimbledon may be over for another year and we’re holding out hopes that Andy Murrays’ nerve will hold in the olympic tennis, but at Lochend there was some serious swing ball being played this week – fast but not too furious!  

Glasgow International festival of Visual Art

On the 20th April 2012 the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art starts! Leading artists from all over the world come to Glasgow to exhibit and share ideas. There are ‘peer lead’ tours, for example, by students from the Glasgow School of art. Here’s the web address but at the bottom when it says book […]

Snowdrop Festival – This Months Recommendation

Under the heading of ‘Scotlands Year of Creativity’, and this months recommendation, The Snowdrop Festival has been running for some years. Every year I promise myself to go up to St Andrews to Cambo gardens where the have 200 species…every year I let myself down! BUT closer to home is Gargunock House and this year, […]

Happy New Year

Woooof! Wild start to the year with winds of up to 95 mph pushing spray across the Lake and without power for 6 hours yesterday but our remaining New Year customers have been very understanding, particularily our customers from the Maldives; here to let their daughter see snow, so will have to travel up to Glencoe, […]

Happy New Year

Well into 2011 now, we are just starting to organise our spring cleaning and major maintenance whilst the chalets are quiet. And although it rained most of the day yesterday, it’s another belter of a day at Lochend. Ice is reforming but as I took these pictures, so I sank through the ice at the edges! […]