"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
The weather has played it’s part, this last month. During the Christmas and New Year break we had snow and crisp frost. This combination made for bright, clear days which gave the whole area a very festive feel and all the guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Later in the month strong gales and rain have predominated but, compared to some areas of the country, we have got off pretty lightly with only minor damage to our specimen trees.
As part of the museum development in the hotel we have been involved in the various short film projects which are ongoing. I, presumably because of my farming background, had to handle a highland pony in a scene depicting the huge amount of quarrying work which went on across the valley to provide stone for the building. Kenny, on the other hand, landed a far superior role. Chosen for his height and beard, rather than his acting ability I imagine, he landed a speaking part as Chairman of the board of governers. I am told he rose to the part with great style and panache but he has certainly found it difficult to settle back to, mere, gardening duties.
We continue to develop the various projects throughout the grounds which have been earmarked for this winter. Most of the work we carry out ourselves applying the style and finish that we feel appropriate for the job. Some requiring a more formal approach and style whilst others benefit, perhaps, from being more rustic. One task which slightly worried us was the new fence around the outdoor pool area. Removing the old fence was simple and totally changed the character of this area, from rather dull and awkward to one with huge potential but the length and visibility of the proposed new fence meant that there would be no hiding place for “shoddy” work. It would seem appropriate in this diary to convey our grateful thanks to “Mr Watson”, one of the joiners who are busily renovating the interior of the hotel and working on the Highways development. In the past two years whenever we have needed the advice or practical help of a skilled craftsman he has been only too willing to help. In time the new fence will be covered with fragrant roses but before it disappears under a tangle of fragrance and greenery it will stand as a fitting testament to his skill,thoroughness and an unwillingness to accept anything but the best. From the gardeners, thankyou “Mr Watson”.Innes Smith
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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