Now if you have stayed with us here at Tulloch, then you will know, that we like to throw in wee extras for our guests and one of those extras, is the Tulloch Quiz (And the 2018 quiz is already underway)!
It has been running all of 2017.
20 questions, needing 20 answers, all of which can be found at Tulloch.
Not everyone took part, but most of you did and the time has come to reveal the answers we were looking for AND to reveal the overall winner, who will receive a signed print by yours truly.
I will also share some of the incorrect answers we received (But dinnae worry, I won’t reveal who gave them)
The winners will be posted at the end of the answers! Yes, did say winners, we have decided to give away 2 prizes! – Karen – x
1. What don’t Sheep know? = The Green Cross Code
Some answered … The Road, Algerbaa, How to shut gates, Nothing, Everything, We think there maybe a joke to this?, How to cook, Sorry We think we lose! 2. How Far to the Glen of Fairies from Tulloch? = 15 mile
Most of you got that one, though someone said 190 mile and another was About 2hrs by car 3. What is the name of the Stag in your room? = Derek
Some answered …Dennis, Stanley, Sammy, Donkett, Buster, Donald, Kevin, Pace (Spanish name), Cant remember & feel too bad to ask! 4. Which River flows below Tulloch? = River Ardle
it wasn’t , The Tay, Tummel or Shee Water. 5. Where did Karen live before Tulloch? = Ardmair 6. Anagram (one word) of Hunch Doe = Enochdhu 7. What breed of Dog is Barclay? = Standard poodle Royal Poodle was allowed, as was Caniche Royal, so was Spoiled Poodle, An Adorable Poodle & Poodly, but not an Irish WaterSpaniel. 8. What is Barclay’s 5th rule? = Play Fetch
Some said: Obey the first4 lol, or Keep Doors Shut & Don’t leave things lying around. 9. What Animal is on front of the green bin? = Squirrel
Not Stag or Deers 10. What Fish is Pitlochry well know for? = Salmon
But, some folk said… Trout & someone answered Haddock 11. Numenius arquata is one of Karens favourite birds & can be found on page 141, what is it? = Curlew 12. What does Alistair do for a living? = A Farmer
Other answers given … Work, Photographer, Eats Eggs & Bacon, Gets up at 5am, Helpswith B&B & Gallery (I wish lol), Fisherman and finally… Monster Hunter at Loch Ness (Brilliant)! 13. Who wrote Ring of Bright Water = Gavin Maxwell
Sorry, but the answer J R Hartley wasn’t correct 😉 14. Who is ON BOARD & MAKES RANDOM STOPS? = Photographer
Some other answers were… Sheep on a Boat, Barclay (To be fair, that is often true), Us to take pictures of landscape, Trivial Pursuit Players and An Alcoholic BusDriver. 15. Who did Mel Gibson play in Braveheart? = William Wallace
Someone said: Mac 16. Which Glen & River start just down the road from Tulloch? = Fearnach or Brerachan 17. Anagram (One word) Mac Hiker Ilk? = Kirkmichael 18. The Flower of Scotland is? = A Thistle
Some answered with A Song 19. The Capital of Scotland is? = Edinburgh 20. And what was the former capital? = Perth
Though, this is often up for debate! Some other answers were.. Stirling, Dunfermline,Scone, Elgin and Glasgow
CONGRATULATIONS to Richard & Linda and to Beth 🏆🏆 (I will be in touch soon)
A while ago, I answered the telephone to a guy called Tek, who, after introducing himself ran an idea by me that had come to him during the night, now I like those type of ideas and I also like enthusiastic folk, Tek, is one of those folks.
This was to involve some other local artists and a first meeting was arranged and the Gallery Committee was formed.
We move forward several weeks and I am happy to be sharing with you the following announcement…..
Kirkmichael Hotel Opening Thursday Nov 30th 5pm.
Owner of the Kirkmichael Hotel, Tek Marciniak, is proud to announce the re-opening of the establishment under the direction of General Manager, Marianne Frew of Pitcarmick.
Marianne Frew, holds a B.A. In Hospitality and Tourism from University of the Highlands and Islands and has a varied back-ground in the hospitality industry. She recently served on the staff of the Hospitality Department at Perth College, UHI.
This wonderful Victorian era Coaching House, having welcomed travellers for more than a century and a half, is opening with the vision of re-creating that warm and welcoming shelter for all in need of a home-away-from-home.
This “Sportsman’s Refuge” is aimed to cater to the Shooter, Angler, Hill Walker, Cyclist, Skier and all Out-door Enthusiasts.
With the crackling fireplace and decor in the Horse & Hounds Pub we hope to take you to a bygone era.
Our menu will be based on a quality, home cooked presentation of traditional Scottish fare with a selection of eclectic “Specials”.
We are delighted to be welcoming our Chef Gregorio Montero who originates from Andalucia, Spain and who brings with him a wealth of flavours and culinary skills . As well as traditional Scottish and British Home Cooking, we are very excited at the prospect of being able to offer a more eclectic mix of dishes ; from old favourites to interesting plates from around the world; however; our Tapas Menu will be a sure winner with those looking for a little snack and a relaxing drink in a welcoming environment.and look out for our Paella and Themed Nights throughout the Winter, including the opportunity to sample some authentic Indian Cooking when in February we are delighted to be holding a special event for our visiting guest Indian Chef. Dates will be confirmed in due course and we will post all details on Newsgroup to ensure that no-one misses out on these great nights.
Our aim is to make this not just a restaurant and pub to visit for a meal and a drink; we envision a place to have fun amidst good company. To accept the cards wherever they may fall; the adventurer, the traveler, the romantic; we care naught for dull repetition.
We are especially excited to announce the opening of the “Art Gallery & Tea Room”; a rotating exhibition of the works of local and nationally known artists. You can enjoy, and indeed purchase, these works, whilst sampling our traditional table fare and home baking.
We plan to open for business as of Thursday, November 30, from 5pm
Tek would like offer the hotel to serve as a base for community activities including a Walking Club, Angling Club, Equestrian Club, Music Club, Book Club and a group interested in improving a basic usage of the Spanish language. He looks forward to hearing from any interested parties; especially anyone who would consider chairing these activities.
As writing this, I raise a glass to Tek and the Kirkmichael Hotel and this new venture, of which I am proud to be a small part of and happy to be working with Tek, Marianne & fellow artists, heres to new beginnings – Karen – x
So yesterday saw me learning something new and that was a Jewellery Course and how to make a Silver Ring!
Since moving to Tulloch, I am realising, that Kirkmichael seems to be the hub of The Glens. There is always something going on and it will often take place at The Session House in the centre of the village.
We are all kept up to date by Newsletters sent out by Petrina and I am often surprised by how much there is to do and to get involved with.
But since our move here, I just haven’t found the time to participate in things yet.
Upon receiving a Newsletter about a Jewellery Course run by the talented Sheila Roussel, I decided I HAD to make time.
I am always keen to learn something new and it would be a great opportunity to meet new faces too.
So yesterday, I took the short drive to the village to learn a new skill.
I was joined by Jeanette, Lyndsey and Carolanne, we would become The Fellowship of the Rings.
There were four workstations set out for us, with all the tools that we would need for this course.
I was sat wondering if I had bitten off more than I could chew and hearing some of the others discuss their college & university textile course etc, I was starting to feel out of my depth, but this was all short-lived and our tutor Sheila soon put us all at ease and we were soon away working with Copper.
This would be our practise run and once we had produced a Copper Ring, we would then be let loose with the Silver.
Within no time, I was thoroughly enjoying myself.
Because this was a beginners course, it was all broken down into the stages we needed to go through to produce our rings and I don’t think we could have had a better tutor than Sheila to explain everything to us
We would begin by sizing our fingers (Or in my case, I would opt for a Thumb Ring). Then measure our metal and saw to the correct length.
This was followed by filing, then forming the actual band, then trying to bind the ends together (Tad tricky), that was before the soldering, then pickling.
It was then time for us to shape, smooth and finish our rings.
WOW, I had actually produced a piece of silver jewellery!
Sheila inspected our work and we all were awarded with our wee certificates and we admired each others work, congratulated each other and all expressed an interest in doing another course with Sheila, perhaps a Necklace to match our new Rings??
I will definitely be making time for future courses! – Karen – x
These last two weeks, have been somewhat more chaotic than usual, as we have had the workmen in!
There are numerous jobs in need of doing here at Tulloch, but what we really needed doing in the house first, was a new Shower for the Guest Room.
Also, I wanted to get the Kitchen sorted, so it was more user friendly and workable for us and all our guests.
So who better to enlist to tackle these jobs other than Jim & David from AJM Property Renovations
And…. Tah Dah the jobs are completed.
I collect Scotland and Nature books and had a small bookcase in the Kitchen with books I thought would be useful for our guests, but it was just looking lost, clumsy etc
I have been carrying around this idea in my head now for a while, it was a new shelve system to replace the bookcase, but me trying to relay that idea to Jim & David, was another thing all together!
So, we would go visual, with me laying out all books etc in order on how I would like to display them, with other added sections for Mr Fox, First Aid Box, Sewing Box, Games etc
Jim & David got their heads together and began work in a shed outside, I would wait apprehensively, did they get what I meant??!
Well, yes they did!
When it came to carrying in the finished project, I was literally squealing with delight.
They had managed to interpret my idea perfectly.
Also, the Fridge was a bit of a white elephant, so we decided to lose some kitchen units to get it fitted in and we would make a walk in Pantry, which I just love.
Have now been busy cleaning down and putting everything in their new places and then getting ready for this evenings guests, who will be first to try out the new Shower Room.
It has been so worth it, just a few alterations has made all the difference.
And all we need to do now, is decorate the kitchen!
Any volunteers, please step forward, free holiday for any painters!
– Karen – x
For as long as I can remember, the 2nd of February always heralds the start of a New Year.
Don’t get me wrong, have always celebrated Hogmanay, but with Gamekeepering, the year would end on the 1st February and the new one would begin on the 2nd.
It was like that when I was a child and my Father was Gamekeeping and then when I followed in his footsteps, it obviously continued and it has stayed with me, like it is in my blood and is a hard traditon to shake off, well I wouldn’t particularly want to anyway.
So, I usually find the 1st & 2nd a time of reflection and a time of new beginnings etc.
Reflecting, has me thinking what a year 2016 has been!
This time last year, if you had asked me about me wanting to return to my beloved Ardmair, then chances are I would have jumped straight in the car before I could have answered you and I would be there.
Now here in 2017 and if you were to ask me the same question, well, I just could not answer you, I would be torn! Hey, bet you didn’t see that one coming, well nor did I!
2016 has of course, seen us move (Again) and I am loving Tulloch and life in the Glens, (Though a tad disappointed with the lack of Snow lol).
And if you had told me that I would be living in a place where I stayed in a Holiday Cottage just two years previously, well I doubt I would have believed you, but here I am.
Tulloch is pretty hard, but rewarding work, we knew it needed things doing to it, but it is not until you are actually living in a place, do you realise how much does need doing!
Builders are here again the now whilst I type and we seem to just keep moving things from room to another as work continues.
Of course, the main job has been getting the new Gallery ready, which I really had hoped would have been open by now, but, we have to wait just a wee bit longer yet and for those who know me, you’ll know that I am not the most patient of folks and that my patience is really being put to the test here.
There was a bedroom downstairs here at Tulloch, separate from the others, on seeing the view from that room, I had instantly bagged it for my office and was well on the way to getting it set straight, but then… Oooh, I know, lets do Airbnb as well!
So I moved the office into another room and August 2016 saw the start of Tulloch Airbnb
And neither Alistair or I did not foresee how well it would take off.
Now you may not know, but many years ago, I studied Hotel & Catering Management, I qualified, but then almost right after getting my diploma, I finally got my chance at Gamekeeping, so I had no intentions of ever using any of my learnt skills.
But, I am using them now. Its funny, how things from life past can suddenly one day reappear and come back into play again, even for those briefest of moments.
Now, I am no domestic goddess or anything and our home is a working one and definitely has that ‘Lived In’ look about it, but I am loving the Airbnb and the many new people and new friends we are meeting/making.
With it still being a new project, it is still a learning curve, but on setting up the room, I just took a step back and thought, what would I like??
With Barclay, camping really isn’t an option at present, so if I am on the road, a bed and breakfast would be the next option, but sometimes, by time a morning shoot has finished, I have known for me to be too late and have actually missed breakfast, so that was the first thing, breakfast is pretty much a laid back affair, it is there for when IT suits our guests, including my freshly made bread, which I am now making on a daily basis.
The room, well I have added lots of wee extras, which I hope help make the guests welcome, relax and feel right at home.
If I wouldn’t sleep in the room, nor does anyone else type thing.
The Kitchen has become the real social hub of Tulloch, dining table in the hub of that hub and already it has seen many great discussions, including many political and historical, seen map/route planning, seen whisky tasting, seen games nights, seen many a dinner, seen much laughter, seen much coffee and one highlight, was Fondue night, shared with a wonderful couple from across the pond and I learnt that when you lose your food mid dip, you kiss the person to your left (Fortunately, on my left was Alistair lol), all of these have made for some wonderful new memories in the short time since we begun Airbnb.
Also, going back to my education years, a couple of us planned to travel the world, sadly it had to be cancelled, but with many international guests here at Tulloch, in a way, I feel like I am getting a taste of travelling the world now and that itself, is so uplifting and inspiring.
Thank you to our guests for sharing your travels with us and thank you for choosing to stay at Tulloch as part of your travels.
2016 saw the release of the Nikon D5 and I was chomping at the bit for that gold box to arrive at Tulloch, my expectations of this Camera were not at all disappointed.
Another superb bit of kit from Nikon, which just felt right from the off.
I like the D800, but I did not connect with it like I had with the D3, that was soon put right again with the D5.
But, with all that has been going on these last few months, I still haven’t used the D5 a fraction of what I would have liked, but, that time is about to start, as this next week should see the end of current work, which just leaves the decorating and setting out of the Wee Scottish Gallery for February.
And I need to be out and about doing some Photography to relax!
Since Christmas, it has been nonstop, work, work and oh look, some more work.
Whats that saying, you are waiting for a bus, then three arrive at once? Well, its been that kind of thing.
I am exhausted the now.
All work and no play, doesn’t make Karen a dull girl, but, it does make me a poor friend at times, for that, I sincerely apologise, so many of you I need to get caught up with, be there for and cherish and enjoy, as so it should be.
Out and about, well I have been, mainly locally and mainly on foot.
So many paths to follow and new things to explore around Tulloch, it has been all about finding my way round, finding my feet and having wee adventures.
Also, still trying to teach Barclay a few things, though I reckon that is a lost cause, am sure McBasil wasn’t as bad as this, though my Mother says I am looking back through Rose Coloured Glasses and that McBasil was indeed a wee sod when he wanted to be!
Thing is, Barclay does know things, he does know when he should be behaving etc, what he should do, but in a split second *Squirrel* it all goes, I just despair and think I am fighting a losing battle with him.
Plans, I have pretty much given up on making them, I certainly do not plan well ahead anymore. 2015/2016 saw me having to change and cancel so many things, which in turn, causes unnecessary stress which, ends up affecting my health, so for me, life now works much better taking each day and week as they come.
My health, has much improved over these last few years, but I do realise and accept, that I will never be 100% again, so I work, live and adapt as to what suits me best.
Still get frustrated with things and sometimes a wee bit down that I can’t do what I think I should be doing, or what I see other folk of my age doing, but, on the other hand, I reckon I am very lucky, that things could be far far worse and on a whole, I do live a really good life, for which I am blessed and am extremely thankful for.
So has the year 2016 finally seen me settle down!??
Well, who knows!
I certainly am for the present, as said, I am loving Tulloch, but I do know that life can change at any given time and as some of you will know, normality and I have never gone hand in hand lol, I am indeed ready for some calm time and I have pretty much got everything unpacked and found a place for it at Tulloch, surprisingly, that is something I had not done at Ardmair, so maybe all this was meant to be?
I will now start this new day and year as per usual and that is with a Coffee whilst watching day break.
And I finish off by wishing you all a wonderful 2017 and The Journey continues – Karen – x
Last week, I took our AirBnb guests, Benjamin & Talise, out for the day.
And one of our stopping points, was at Knock Castle at Glen Muick.
Talise is from Brazil and one of her wishes was to see a ruined Castle and I had not actually been here before either, so it seemed a great choice.
Finding it wasn’t so easy, as it isn’t signposted and the only clues are, a row of cottages called Knock Cottages and stone walls, which obviously used to be a boundary once over.
After flagging down a passing van and with Benjamins navigation, we saw this stone track heading up hill through a wood, yes, I did drive up it, though you may prefer to walk if you visit.
As we headed out of the trees, we saw the lonely looking Castle across a field.
It is called a Castle, but is actually a Tower-House, which were the traditional homes of the Scottish Lairds.
It was built in the 16th century, small in scale, but was was four storeys high, all floors linked by a spiral staircase, part of which is still visible.
Knock Castle, was home to the Gordons family, it had been granted to them by the fourth earl of Huntly.
The Gordons, had an ongoing feud with the Forbes, which worsened after the Gordons were defeated at Corrichie by the Mary, Queen of Scots in 1564.
Henry Gordon, 2nd of Knock, was killed in a raid by a group of Forbes men and Clan Chatten men.
Henry was then succeeded by his brother Alexander and the feud with the Forbes still continued.
One day, Alexanders seven sons, went out to cut peat and they accidentally strayed onto land belonging to the Forbes.
They were seen and the Forbes Laird and his men attacked and killed all seven sons, they severed their heads, which they then tied to the Peat-cutting Spades, leaving them stuck in the ground there.
A Servant from Knock was sent out with a meal for the young men, it was he who found the gruesome sight.
He fled back to the Castle, to tell of this dreadful news.
And they say, that when Alexander Gordon heard this news and the fate of his sons, that he fell down the spiral staircase to his death.
The Forbes were executed for the attack and here ends the sad story of Knock Castle.