We continued with work on the gardens – the seating area on the bottom garden has now had slabs placed under the tree trunk so carefully rescued earlier in the year (for details including videos, please visit our Facebook page).
The mud surrounding the roots was power-hosed out, some more sand blasting has smoothed the surfaces and we have laid grass seed in the worked areas. Together with the fire pit, wooden benches (still to be completed) and granite table top, this makes the bottom garden a pleasant place to have an evening drink or a morning coffee.
We also did a lot of work on the entrance to the cottage – apologies to those still visiting for the large pile of sand on the driveway – we have some cementing to finish in the October half term. Most of the loose stone from the Bothan is now sorted and piled neatly for future use. We even managed some planting in the top garden and the wet weather meant the marsh orchids lasted throughout our stay.
We have made a start on further improving the inside of the cottage as well – a rolling programme of redecoration began with the installation of new splashbacks and fresh paint on the feature wall in the kitchen. We also started collecting sea glass to add to the candle hurricane lamps – feel free to leave us some of yours!