Sunday, 31 July 2011
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
1 lb gooseberries
2 tablespoons elderflower cordial mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 oz golden caster sugar
Wash and remove stalks from the gooseberries and place them in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with the sugar add the cordial mix then put in the oven at 180 C for about half and hour or until they are soft. Then just puree them. Okay it doesn't look the most attractive of dishes but they really do taste very nice.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Once you pass through the farm, where you can purchase eggs and jam, the landscape is a deep fertile green with great scenic views. You then enter into Kindrogan Wood which is a great walk and also pretty good for a bit of mountain biking. As usual time was against me and I had to head home, but I hope you got a little flavour of the Cateran Trail or just a nice wee walk in the countryside. That is one of the great things about the Cateran Trail is that you can do little snippets of it here and there.
After I had been at the garden visit I continued just a short way along the road to a car park on the left at Dirnanean Farm where you can pick up the Cateran Trail either heading back down to Kirkmichael or over the hills to the Spittal of Glenshee. I just did a part of the walk heading to Kirkmichael and the dog and I got rather soaked. It is a very gentle stroll along quiet tracks, crossing a bridge over the River Ardle and up to Dalreoch Farm.
Open today under Scotland's Garden Scheme was a garden at Balvarran between Kirkmichael and Enochdhu, less than half an hour away from Blairgowrie. The A924 is always a fantastic road to drive and worth taking if you are heading over to Pitlochry. The garden is mainly a woodland garden with fantastic views over Strathardle. There was also a small lochan, a formal area and many statues dotted about the garden. They seemed to have a good turnout of visitors and I think this is their first year opening the garden under the scheme, well worth a visit if the owners open it again next year. Unfortunately it was one of those days where we had spells of torrential downpours in between blazing sun, but we can't control the weather!
Saturday, 2 July 2011
We went to a 'pick your own' farm today in Perthshire to pick some strawberries. The place is on the Perth side of Balbeggie up a small country road. A perfect sunny hot day to spend some time outdoors doing something productive. The strawberries taste absolutely delicious. We picked quite a lot, but then I did promise some guests I would get them some to take home tomorrow.