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Sunshine on the Firth

Sunshine & showers over Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde, also known as Paddy’s Mile stone as it marks the halfway-point between Belfast and Glasgow. The name may mean ‘Faerie Rock’ in old language (? Gaelic). Over the year it marks the Winter Solstice, the furthermost point the winter sun sets, gradually heading north until July sunsets are over Goatfell. A steadfast little rock, sanctuary to seabirds and still mined for granite for curling stones….

Thanks for keeping company today, I’ll be away from my blog for sometime, with a scheduled post tomorrow.

Take care of yourself.

I’ll be back!



Still flowering

I love walled gardens, if I discover a walled garden that’s where you’ll find me and my other half. If it has a green house; even better – I love greenhouses too! Culzean has a stunning walled garden that varies throughout the year but always has something new to discover, smell or enjoy. Filled with fragrance and rivers of colour. A haven for wild life too…

Grape Houses

Look at all that glass and pristine paintwork; reminds me of my childhood. I love the warm, damp, green smell of a greenhouse. Grape vines prunes and bearing fruit. Exotic climbers, scaling the walls, in rich deep colours…

Pergola passion!

And perfect pergolas too, a fairly recent addition (we’ve been visiting here for a lo-ong¬†time so everything is relative.) Leading out into the woods along woodland paths to wilder areas of the estate…

Testament to Autumn

The packed borders have bloomed and delighted many a guest but now spent and brown, filled with seed. Waiting for the wind to shake the brittle stems to set them free on the breeze. The gardeners have already started the autumn tidy-up so some areas are bare and brown…

Agapanthus seed heads

African Lilies, in shades of blue and purple, now withered and brown await winter’s cruel blast, far from home…

Educated Thistle

Cardoon stands tall against the sun, an educated thistle, given pride of place. They will still be there well into winter, trimmed with frost, providing shelter and food for finches and wren. I’m hoping the seedlings I planted this year will fair a bit better next spring!

There is so much to see at Culzean Castle  that if you are travelling you should plan to stay for the day. Bring a picnic or eat in the cafe (check opening times). Explore the shore, visit the swan pond, woodland walks, restored buildings or spend time in the second hand bookshop or the castle.






See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Mother Teresa