"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?"
We had hoped for crisp air, bright skies and some frost at night to highlight the drift into autumn but this is Scotland and predicting the weather is prone to failure, usually. The last month has been damp and grey and the vibrant tree colours havenít happened.
Leaf fall is almost over, only the Tulip tree is left with itís canopy, I have never before noticed how much longer this tree holds on to itís leaves. Perhaps it is just a one off this year. In previous years dealing with the vast amount of leaves which fall around the buildings and lawns has been tiresome work but nowadays we mulch everything. This not only makes the task quite pleasurable but it also helps the trees and shrubs,greatly, returning nutrient to their roots rather than removing it. The vegetable garden is also, virtually over for the season. Some tatties and spinach are all that is left from,what was, a very productive season. Peas will certainly return next season after their success this year.
The bulb order arrived recently and,as in previous years, we are building on the range of spring bulbs we have in the grounds with 100ís more crocus,tulips,iris,hyacinth and allium to name but a few. Bulbs are such good value, easy to plant and pretty much maintenance free with a lovely show when they appear the following season. Often you forget what you have planted(an age thing) and their appearance is even more of a surprise.
It is the season of logs now which brings me to a sad story. When I came to the Palace 10yrs or so ago I brought with me, for the Palace, a 1954 Fordson tractor. This machine had lain under a tree for many years but with a change of battery and some fuel....away she went. She has worked hard over the last decade but last yearís long spell ploughing snow seems to have weakened her. The ďtractor doctorĒ has made several visits but she is not responding to his care. She is still able to power the log splitter but her appearances in front of the hotel pushing tons of snow about are over, I fear. Gentle retirement in the wood yard with just light work,occasionally.....that would suit her more.Come to think of it, it would suit me also!! Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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