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Newsletter 3 (July 2016)

All pictures in this newsletter were taken by Ron
From the Remote Beaches to the High Black Cuillins

We’ve been enjoying warm, sunny weather for much of May and June. Indeed, the Glasgow Herald (10 May 2016) reported that 9 May had been Skye’s warmest May day on record with temperatures reaching 26.7C. We simply couldn’t resist the opportunity for numerous coastal and hillwalking outings on Skye and Raasay.
There’s also been some walking related to Ron’s preparations for history walks which start in July. Visit for more information.  

Fauna and Flora
We’ve enjoyed the Spring flowering of various daffodils and bluebells around our grounds together with the leafing of our trees. The Ash trees have taken longest and are now just coming into leaf. In contrast a newly planted Horse Chestnut tree is making rapid progress. We’ve maintained a list of birds spotted on Skye and Raasay – which ranges from Siskin to Sea Eagle and includes a Shag with nest and two eggs. Our total to date is 30 different types of birds.
It was interesting to note in the recent British Trust for Ornithology Newsletter (20 May 2016) that the Cuckoo has moved onto the UK ‘Red List’ of birds with the highest conservation concern. Apparently the UK Cuckoo population has declined by 75% in the last forty years. Well, we can vouch for what we assume to be the considerable presence of Cuckoos on Skye and Raasay – we seem to be always in the company of Cuckoos.  Indeed, we were listening to a Cuckoo duet in our garden recently.
Room in the Wood

The building for our new Room in the Wood and new dining room extension will be starting in October (not July 2016). On reflection this later start is quite helpful as we can enjoy more of 2016 before getting immersed in the Room in the Wood project. So we’re heading to Orkney in September for a short break.

The new build is expected to be completed by February 2017.  This timescale will also help us to synchronise our landscaping plans with the building works.  
Booking the Room in the Wood for 2017

As soon as we can predict when the Room in the Wood will be ready in 2017, we’ll take formal bookings. Terms and conditions, including the price, will be announced in a future newsletter and then be placed on the website.
Speaking Gaelic

We’ve completed a six week Introduction to Gaelic programme – at least we can now greet with Madainn mhath (Good morning) and follow up with Ciamar a tha thu? (How are you?). It's a difficult language and is more designed for the spoken word so that sounds and spelling vary to smooth out the edges of some words.
Did you know?

Did you know there was a link between Flora MacDonald and Halifax?
Flora MacDonald is renowned for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape through Skye,
and eventually back to France, in 1746.
After marriage and with financial difficulties, Flora
and her husband Allan MacDonald went to live in North Carolina in 1774. However, the British colonies were re-assessing relations with the British monarchy and Parliament (‘no taxation without representation’). Allan was against severing links with ‘home’ and so was ‘arrested’ by the rebels who wanted independence for the colonies and thus he was imprisoned in the gaol in Halifax …….. North Carolina in 1778. 
Next newsletter

Newsletter No 4 will be issued in late August 2016.

Best wishes 

Ron & Jenny Hill
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