Happy New Year again
It has been a long time since we last chatted, but we hope life in the interim has been fun!
It never ceases to amaze me how time flies - I have been told it is something to do with age! It is hard to believe that 12 months have passed so fast. We have had a very successful year with the highlights being the return of so many of our guests; as well, of course, of welcoming new ones ..
At the beginning of the year, February 2004, we closed while our shower room and The Rennie Mac shower room were completely renovated. Very messy and disruptive but successful. In November, we upgraded the last two en suites, Glens Farclas and Grant. They are really super now and will be a pleasant surprise for those of you who have been here before. As you may know, I (Silvia) hate mess and disruption so Spudley, who also hates mess and disruption, left home together temporarily. Spudley for respite care with very generous guests, and me to meet up with friends and family as well as hunting for kittens!
We have to get kittens in November because this is the only time of the year that we have sufficient time to train them (and enjoy them) prior to the new season. Well, Dumfries had none, the Isle of Arran had none - on my return home I discovered that Inverness, the Black Isle and Grantown had none! Heigh ho, it was obviously not to be. On a very rare visit to the manicurist (twice in the last 21 years), I mentioned the dearth of kittens and my fruitless search. Yes, you guessed it - she had a client who just happened to have two lovely wee male kittens who needed a home straight away. That was Saturday and by Monday we were driving back from the beautiful Glen Avon with two 7 week old almost feral kittens - dob 04/10/04.
We have had them now for about 10 weeks and we just cannot imagine life without them. They are now adorable but were quite wild when we got them. We let them take over our bedroom and we moved out to The Rennie Mac! Pritzel and Spudley were/are not too happy about the new family additions but are coping. The babies love Pritzel - who wouldn't? On a culinary note, we have called them Porcini and Cepe. (We hope to get photos on the website asap .)
Enough of cats - we have just returned from the Scottish International Trade and Food Fair in Glasgow . What fun. We tasted so many wonderful Scottish foods and got lots of ideas for new delights for your dinners. We are collating the information at the moment and will hopefully have some exciting and different tastes for your next visit. While in Glasgow after dinner one evening, we decided to have a nostalgic walk to our old haunts around the University; we met a familiar face - it is such fun to meet a guest out of context. Maybe we'll bump into you somewhere sometime - it's such a small world.
I do hope that I will have the discipline to update this Reflection before next New Year, but if not, I hope you have enjoyed the news to date!