We have a number of red squirrels running around the garden at Torrdarach House in Pitlochry. The red squirrel is an increasingly rare beast in the UK, but here in Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire we are lucky that there is still a healthy red squirrel population. They are great fun to watch! Here are two short videos of red squirrels at our feeders.
Our new breakfast room at Torrdarach House has been a big hit with our guests. It also seems to be pretty popular with the Pitlochry red squirrels. Breakfast sightings are at an all time high with the happy little chaps performing very nicely indeed. Here are a few photos taken from the breakfast room.
We have snow on the grass today, but last week the weather was superb and a little bit of Spring colour emerged in the garden. We have a few photos below to prove it. The weather in Pitlochry is set to improve again this weekend and hopefully Spring will return.
Our crazy triffid-like bog plants are also emerging at an alarming rate.
We have recently installed a few lights around the Torrdarach garden which illuminate the house and some of our trees at night. We have our very own ‘enchanted forest’!
Despite being over-exposed and under-exposed all at the same time (quite a skill), my photos give you a feel for what Torrdarach now looks like in the dark. We will get some professional shots taken later in the year when there is a bit more colour in the garden.
Despite the poor weather in Pitlochry over the New Year period, our B&B guests enjoyed quite a show from the local Pitlochry wildlife. Red squirrels running riot at the feeders kept most of our guests happy, but a lucky few were treated to a breakfast time visit from some small deer (Roe deer I think). Pretty bold little chaps to make it so far down into town.
Last Thursday Pitlochry and large sections of Scotland were hit by several hours of incredibly high winds. A one in ten year storm apparently. Power to Pitlochry was lost fairly quickly (and was off for about 36 hours). Watching our big trees being tossed about by the wind was pretty scary. The garden sustained a fair battering, but amazingly, Torrdarach House and the bothy under refurbishment, were largely unaffected.
The damage – a couple of large limbs of our two oak trees came down, but the major damage was sustained to two big cypress trees at the bottom of the garden. One was uprooted and flipped onto its side smashing a few large rhododendrons. The other was split right through the root leaving one half leaning unnervingly close to the overhead power lines.
Tree surgeons have now tidied things up and left us with enough firewood to heat Pitlochry for an entire winter. I love watching these guys wielding chainsaws whilst hanging off ropes 10m up a tree. A few photos below.
Make sure you have a look at the ‘before storm’ and ‘after storm’ photos at the bottom of the page.
As well as a lifetime supply of firewood, the other upside is much improved views of Pitlochry and the hills from the front of house. Here is a before and after comparison.
I just need to spend a few weeks splitting and stacking logs……..