"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?"
August and early September will go down as .....awful. We had thought July was wet and the weather had to improve, but it didnít.
We had been expecting a belated summer after the poor months of July and early August but it got worse with heavy rain a constant, daily, offering. On the upside it meant that the new tennis pavilion got painted. My word did it get painted. We gave it the full three coats inside and out which probably wouldnít have happened had we been basking in summer sunshine. When it came to the Highland Open Tennis Week, in mid September, the sun did finally come out and the competitors had a complete week without rain, something none of them can remember and there are a few veterans with long memories competing in this annual competition.
Rain means grass and throughout the late summer the grass grew and the whole grounds looked particularly verdant. The soft fruit also benefited with large crops of plums and apples in the herb garden. The apple variety James Grieve has been especially productive and the Victoria plums have provided a bumper crop of sweet plums. Many of the herbaceous plants suffered a bit but there were successes. The heather beds have flowered very well, asters, anemone and rudbeckia are in full bloom but pride of place must go to the white phlox, itís never looked better and has remained free from the dreaded mildew which normally destroys it. Rather surprisingly the hanging baskets have also come on. They were late starters and the poor summer didnít bode well for them but they have bloomed well and are still just about presentable in late September.
Last month I mentioned a rogue roe deer. Well the roses have recovered well and are offering a late season splash of colour although at this time of year they donít have the heady scent for which they are renowned. Already some of the early trees are turning, lovely shades of red and gold which offer a nice backdrop to the lush lawns and borders. Autumn is a good time to visit the gardens with the colour changing daily; in fact when the sun is out the colours can change hourly.Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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