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.
We had a super trip to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre last night for the opening show of the season. Little Shop of Horrors is a blast and we think it will be a great success. A very enjoyable evening. Well done Pitlochry Theatre and good luck for the rest of the season.
Pitlochry Theatre's first show of 2012
The Pitlochry Festival Theatre website describes this 1950′s inspired sci-fi spoof as follows:
“Business is so bad at his Skid Row Florists that Mr. Mushnik is considering throwing in the trowel – sorry, towel. But just when it seems that the zinnias are destined for the garbage, Mushnik`s gawky, accident-prone assistant, Seymour, discovers a strange and exotic new plant . . . Seymour names his discovery “Audrey Two”, after the shop`s ditsy sales girl Audrey, whom he secretly worships. And when Audrey Two starts to attract much needed custom – and the attention of the press – Seymour`s dreams of escaping the poverty of Skid Row and winning the hand of the real Audrey seem to be within reach. But Audrey Two is no ordinary shrub. It grows at a phenomenal rate, thanks to a – well, let`s say, unusual diet. Oh, and it has plans for world domination. Only Seymour knows Audrey Two`s terrible secrets . . . and he`s prepared to risk everything if it means he has a shot at fame, fortune and true love . . . Satirizing the sci-fi movies and ‘creature features’ of the 1950s, and with a score that recreates the sounds of that era, PFT`s latest musical – featuring an all-singing, all-dancing, instrument-playing cast of actor-musicians, fabulous sets and costumes, and a terrifying Audrey Two! – is sure to get the Flights of Fancy season off to a flying start!”
One of our favourite art galleries, The Aberfeldy Gallery, is getting ready for the Spring exhibition. George Grant, Rowena Laing and Lin Pattullo will be displaying work between May 5th and June 20th. There should be some interesting paintings to see.
The Aberfeldy Gallery is about 25 minutes from Pitlochry, heading towards Loch Tay.
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.