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Newsletter 4 (August 2016)

Welcome to the fourth newsletter from our house on the Isle of Skye.
Room in the Wood - progress report
The process for the ground testing pits for the Room in the Wood and our dining room extension has now been started.

We are very happy to be working with Andrew Peters, a local landscape designer, on the new pathway from the base of our wood, to the Room in the Wood, and then on up to our house.
We are planning to develop our wood area to reflect all the native trees of Skye.

Also, working with Alistair Mackay, there’ll be some thinning and shaping of trees in the lower wood and, in particular, in the garden close to the house. Our log burners should be well-supplied with fuel for the coming years.

Mossfield Kitchen
We have spent some time lately planning our new kitchen which is part of the extension project. We’re really looking forward to having more cupboard space, a fresh new look and a dishwasher! Meanwhile it’s been time to try out some potential ‘breakfast specials’. An unseasonable stormy few days, early in August, made the kitchen the best place to be for a couple of days.
Apricots are in season at the moment and when popped in the oven as the filling for a pastry make a delicious breakfast treat. Omelette Arnold Bennett has long been a favourite dish so we were keen to try this. A review of recipes showed a wide range of methods.
I think we now have something that isn’t too complicated and keeps the dish lighter and healthier than some of the very creamy/cheesy versions.

Fruit pancakes are becoming a firm favourite. Apple and blackberry, spicy apple, pear and plum both make good fillings. Ron is keen on a banana and maple syrup version.
Do you have a favourite?
Out and about
We continue to explore the Isle of Skye, both the higher tops and the coastal stretches. Despite many holidays here over the years, we’re finding so many new walks to enjoy. One of the best walks recently was an old favourite – up to the Old Man of Storr. This is a popular walk for summer visitors, so we waited until 8.00pm for a more peaceful time on the paths.
With a later sunset time here, there was plenty of daylight to enjoy the extensive views of approximately 50 miles distance. 
Did you know?

You may associate the Scottish Highlands and Islands with midges in the summer months. However, the Glasgow Herald reported (27 July 2016) that this year midge populations have ‘plummeted’, with particular reference to the month of July. The reason for the current decline is thought to be the warm, dry spell earlier in the year. Just August and September to go, although the recent wind strength has certainly given any Skye midges something to think about!

Next newsletter

Our next newsletter will be circulated in early October 2016.

Best wishes 

Ron & Jenny Hill
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Mossfield House
5 Camustianavaig
Isle of Skye, Highland IV51 9LQ
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