"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?"
These last few months have given us superb summer weather, warm sun and not much rain has added up to near perfect growing conditions for fruit and vegetables.
Along the roadside verges wild rasps have been abundant and now, as autumn beckons, the brambles are ripening and they, too, are unusually plentiful. Time was that bramble patches were jealously guarded and it was frowned upon if you harvested someone elseís patch. Tongues would wag and word would be got back to you to stay clear....thatís so and soís patch. But nowadays with the amount of farmed and imported berries in the supermarkets there isnít the rush to pick wild berries which is all the better for those of us who still like the challenge.
In the vegetable garden peas have been available for weeks now, the carrots are as good as we have ever had them and the new potatoes (King Edward and Golden Wonder) are cropping well. Beans, lettuce and beetroot are all still producing. So after a bad start to the weather this spring, nature has reacted by delivering great crops and after the horrendous time the farmers had with spring lambing and calving the livestock is also looking in tremendous order in the grass fields.
In the flower borders the season has been tightened up, with the late start, and the effect has been a concentrated show of colour. Some plants like the delphiniums and roses bloomed beautifully but for a shorter period than normal but the overall effect has been to have borders full of vibrant colour and scent and the hanging baskets are the best we have had. We grow quite a few gladioli for cut flowers in the hotel and to try to get an extended season I stagger the planting in the spring. This year it didnít really work as almost all came out together but what a show of colour...what fantastic flowers they are.
Seamus Heaney has died. I loved the way he used his language......ĒBy God the old man could handle a spade./Just like his old man....But Iíve no spade to follow men like them./Between my finger and my thumb/The squat pen rests./Iíll dig with it.Ē
So autumn is almost upon us, it really has been a great summer to work outdoors but for fishing itís been a disaster for us....summer low water levels since early May! Ah well, we canít always win. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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