Welcome to Gilmore House, Bed and Breakfast, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland

This blog is my random ramblings and photos of what is going on in the B&B, my life, but generally my little jaunts out which I hope will give you a taster of all the wonderful excursions to do in our area.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

St Andrew's Day Celebrations 2009

Below is a list of events which will be held over the last weekend of November.

FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
CONTINENTAL MARKET in Wellmeadow (all day to 9pm)
Judging of 'Best Dressed Premises' Competition by Sheila Stewart, MBE (3pm)
FOLK MUSIC Evening (free entry, at selected venues in Blairgowrie and Rattray)
Grand St Andrew's FAMILY CEILIDH - Angus Hotel (7.30pm to midnight): tickets on sale now at The Angus Hotel Reception and Visitor Information Centre

SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
CONTINENTAL MARKET in Wellmeadow (all day to 9pm)
CRAFT MARKET, The Royal Hotel (11am to 4pm)
Children's Story Telling, The Royal Hotel (11am to 3pm)
Children's Face Painting, The Royal Hotel (11am to 4pm)
MASSED PIPE BANDS March through Town & Display in Wellmeadow (2pm to 3.15pm)
'Scottish Flavoured' QUIZ NIGHT, The Royal Hotel (7.30pm to 10pm)
FOLK MUSIC evening (free entry, at selected venues in Blairgowrie and Rattray)

SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
CONTINENTAL MARKET in Wellmeadow (all day to 5pm)
Blairgowrie & Rattray PIPE BAND DISPLAY in Wellmeadow (2pm to 2.45pm)
FOLK MUSIC evening (free entry, at selected venues in Blairgowrie & Rattray)

MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
FAMILY BAR-BQ and FOLK MUSIC featuring the well renowned folk singer Sheila Stewart, MBE. The Dalmore Inn (4pm to 9pm) - tickets on sale now from The Visitor Information Centre and NO. 31 (Wellmeadow)

Monday, 26 October 2009

A Kind Note

When I went up to clean the bedrooms, this morning, I found that the guests who had been staying in Room 3 had left me a very kind note. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Blair in Bloom Awards 2009


Another year, another Blair in Bloom Award Ceremony. Attended the awards yesterday evening where I picked up my 2nd place certificate. This year I managed to get you a photo of the cups and shields given out to the winners. The judge this year had made a video of all the gardens he had visited which was very interesting. I think for next year I am going to have to go down the begonia route and drastically improve my hanging baskets. I will be the first to admit that my baskets and tubs were not looking very good this year and I need to get more later flowering perennials in the border.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

A Bike Ride to Stormont Loch



Today was yet again a gloriously beautiful October day. Early afternoon I took the children on a bike ride. We went along the Dunkeld Road and turned down by Myreside, signposted Ardblair Trail, and continued along the track across the Essendy Road along the track by Ardblair wood and continued straight ahead until we came back onto the Perth Road. We crossed onto Golf Course Road and opposite Woodlands Road there is a small track which takes you along through the Golf Courses. We continued through the woods to the edge of Stormont Loch. The Loch is an important area for over wintering wildfowl. Tufted ducks and great crested grebes also nest here. It is very good cycling terrain and of course walking. We returned the route we came, back to Golf Course Road, but there are various other routes you could take to return.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

A Trip down to Perth



On Tuesday we had a little trip out down to 'The Fair City' of Perth, so took a few random photos whilst wandering about. I was very impressed by the machines in 'Boots' where you can instantly print out photos from your camera memory card (you can tell I don't get out much!!!) lots of fun. Just did the usual wandering around shops and as it was one of my children's birthday, we went out for a lovely lunch at a place called Cafe Breizh on the High Street.
The Bed and Breakfast is starting to get a bit quieter now, but it is still steady. The weather for October so far has been very nice, but a huge change in the temperature, especially in the mornings. I think the grass will have had it's last cut for the season.