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Pitlochry ‘Hurricane’ takes out Torrdarach House trees, Dec 2011

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……..

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Pitlochry bothy refurb – week 3, Dec 2011

Pitlochry was hit by hurricane speed winds last week. Well over 100mph and most of it seemed to be directed at the Torrdarach House trees.  The garden took a fairly serious pummeling (see other post) but the house and, incredibly, the crumbling bothy remained unscathed.  Hurray!  When power was restored to Pitlochry (after about 36 hours) progress on the bothy was swift.  The tanking system, designed to prevent water ingress from the high ground level behind the bothy, was installed and the insulated, reinforced concrete floor went in.  Given the recent Pitlochry weather and low temperatures this is great news.  Next job – the roof!  Will update again before Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pitlochry bothy refurb – week 2

Loads of rain in Pitlochry last week, followed by low temperatures and snow has made for some nice early morning Pitlochry photos, but has resulted in all work on the bothy coming to a halt.  Not a good first week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bothy refurbishment – week 1

There are several big projects on at Torrdarach House this winter. The first of these is the refurb of the original bothy behind the main house. Hopefully this derelict outbuilding will end up being a rather nice addition to our guest rooms. The old car port is to be removed and the final en-suite bedroom will have an enclosed private courtyard.

As you can see there is quite a lot to be done!  Major damp issues requiring a full tanking system and the replacement of rotten roof timbers are the first jobs to be tackled.

Work started at the end of last week and we hope it will be completed by the end of January. We will post updates on progress throughout the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pitlochry log mountain!

Yesterday we took delivery of 4 cubic metres of hardwood logs from Gatehouse Nursery near Pitlochry.  It turns out 4 cubic metres is more than I anticipated!

These are all hardwood logs sourced from woodland around Highland Perthshire. This pile should keep us warm for quite a while.

I hope you are impressed with my log stacking skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Art around Pitlochry

We have over 50 original paintings around Torrdarach House.  These have been collected over many years and mainly from galleries across Scotland.  Artists on our walls include, Douglas Phillips, Audrey Slorance, James Fullarton, Jennifer Mackenzie, John Lowrie Morrison, Roseanne Barr, Dronma and Elinor Evans.

Jennifer Mackenzie is probably our favourite artist and we have about 12 of her paintings around the house – we are big fans!  See a couple of examples below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are often asked which galleries we have bought from and the answer is many.  However, we have probably bought more from the Aberfeldy Gallery than any other individual gallery.  Not far from Pitlochry, the Aberfeldy Gallery has, in our opinion, one of the best collections of paintings for sale in Perthshire.  Here is the Christmas 2011 exhibition brochure.

 

Link to the full PDF brochure –  Aberfeldy-Gallery-near-Pitlochry

The Aberfeldy Gallery is near Torrdarach House, our Pitlochry B&B.
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Our Pitlochry B&B in 1913

We have been lucky enough to be given two postcards of Torrdarach House, our Pitlochry B&B, from 1913.  As you can see, one of the photos shows the house in the summer and the other shows the infamous Pitlochry snowfall of January 1913.  You need strong gutters to hold that amount of snow!


The winter photo shows the original owner, a rather grumpy looking Mr Briggs, standing in the deep snow in the drive.  Mr Briggs was a wealthy industrialist who manufactured asphalt in Dundee. Torrdarach House was his holiday home…nice.  If you look closely you may notice that the gate posts have been moved from their original position up by the house, about 30m down the hill towards Pitlochry to their current position.

Two photos of our Pitlochry B&B in 1913.
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