We’ve had a great week with family and for once, we managed to leave site and do lots of fun things! We finally visited the aquarium, we’ve been building sandcastles, going on boat trips and, my favourite thing, crabbing in Tobermory. Sadly we’re back on our own again and about the tackle all the jobs we avoided whilst doing the fun things!
Those of you who have visited us over the last five years will have met our two ‘assistants’, Fuggle and Simcoe.
Sadly we lost Simcoe recently. She had a degenerative spinal issue that even the best vets couldn’t fix and on their advice we let her go.
We’ll always miss her x
We had Tom’s family visit us over Christmas and had great times exploring and climbing on some of Mull’s best beaches, including on the rocks above Traigh na Cille beach near Torloisk. Christmas and New Year here can be magical – why not think ahead to 2022 and book your Winter stay with us!
It was a lovely evening watching the sun set over the longest day. The weather has been amazing this week – long may it last!
Down at the bottom of the garden near to the road are the remains of the old cart track. It has lovely mossy stone sides and we have wanted to try and uncover it and restore it for a while now.
A recent spell of windy weather meant the largest of the trees covering the path was damaged and needed cutting down giving us the perfect opportunity to start work. It also meant Tom could use the chain saw so he was happy.
We’ve had some amazing skies here recently but we’re rubbish at photography so we have had to rely on Dani who was staying with us in Willow lodge last week and shared this lovely night sky with us.
We’ve still got a few gaps and some Autumn availability – why don’t you join us in some star gazing? If you’re really lucky you might get to see the Northern Lights too!
Well this is turning out to be quite the year.
The Scottish government have now published their roadmap for reopening various sectors of the economy. Tourism, including self catering accommodation, has been given a date of 15 July.
Your safety is paramount to us and we are being guided by detailed cleaning and sanitising guidelines which have been published by the Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers, along with other organisations. In brief, the equivalent of a deep clean followed by sanitation will be carried out between each let.
We will be staggering arrival days and opening up to any day arrival to ensure that we never have more than two lodges to prepare in one day. This way we can be sure that we have prepared your lodge to the very best standard.
If you have been to stay with us before you will notice some changes in your accommodation. This is all based on the guidelines we are working to. We will have to strip out non essential items such as books and games. We are also advised to remove throws from beds and sofas.
We’re not entirely sure what will be open in the way of restaurants and cafes. What will be open will be the great outdoors. So if you’re willing to accept some compromises but you want a change of scenery and fresh air then that’s all still available.
Anyway – the photo is of the sky at midnight last night. Lovely noctilucent clouds 🙂
We hope that you are all well and that the impact of this horrible situation is as minimal as possible to you all.
The island community has been amazing. We have all come together to make sure that those who are isolating are look after. We are shopping a few times a week for neighbours and were today gifted these amazing hand dived scallops by the Ethical Shellfish Company which we cooked up with some local black pudding.
We don’t know when we will be allowed to re-open yet, but we’re going to spend the next few months finishing off the winter jobs list and hope that we’ll be able to welcome you back soon.
Jo and Tom x
So Storm Dennis wreaked havoc over the country and that included the destruction of our bus stop and bin shelter. We’re sad that we can’t fix the shelter but it gives Tom a great excuse to ignore my beautifully prepared winter jobs spreadsheet and instead spend hours in his shed making a new bin store. This means he can use ALL the tools from the ‘middle of Lidl’, including this lovely multi tool.
It keeps him from being under my feet I suppose.
After all our New Year guests had left we closed the doors for four weeks to get some work done in the lodges. One of our main jobs this winter is to strip and revarnish the floors in Beech and Willow lodges. The floors are now ready for the varnish, but ‘Storm Brendan’ with it’s pesky 60mph hour winds has led to the boats being off today, so we’re hoping to start the varnishing tomorrow. If you want to check out our lovely new floors for yourself then we are re-open from the start of February all the way through until the end of the year!
Historical Pier at Salen