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Let’s face it … I’m British … I love to talk about the weather!!

I also love to take photos s what better than take photos of the weather!! Just look at the range of views taken over the past couple of weeks:

Sunshine and storm clouds:

sunshine in Lendalfoot

Double rainbow in the Tig valley:

Mist in the Tig valley:

Ice:

Rainbow clouds over Balkissock:

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We certainly experience a lot of different types of weather here on the south west coast of Scotland so when I saw that the BBC launched their weather watchers I was eager to sign up to add my photos to their website. I was somewhat shocked when I got my one second of fame when one of my photos was shown on BBC Scotland!!

 


If you’re in the UK, why not join up and add your pictures.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2016

 

Why not come and take your own photos and see if you can make it on TV too!!

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Located nearby, the Varyag Monument was beautifully lit in between the rain showers this afternoon.




Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge 2015 (c)

The Varyag Monument is about 15minutes away by car at Lendalfoot in South Ayrshire

 

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What a beautiful view of Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran captured by hubby this morning whilst out walking Maisy.

(C) Cordelia @BalkissockLodge 2016

Don’t forget to bring your camera when you visit!

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The weather has been great this week for the end of September and it’s been ideal to get out and about.

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One place to visit is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, on the south side of Ayr which has been in the top 10 of places to visit for our guests.

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In addition to the museum that provides the story of Robert’s life, it houses a lovely café and a gift shop with all sorts of Scottish fayre to take home as souvenirs.

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Across the large car park is a beautiful walkway with sculptures taking you to the old house which takes about 10-15 minues to saunter to.  Don’t forget to have your photo taken next to the “wee” mouse!!

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There is also parking at the house if you prefer not to walk.

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A short walk in the opposite direction from the museum will take you to the park which houses the Burns monument and the another photo opportunity is to stand on the Brig o’ Doon itself.

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Whilst there, why not treat yourself to a beautiful meal at the Brig ‘O Doon hotel?

The Burns Museum is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland. If you’re not a member it costs £9 per person entry but I have some vouchers which will get you a discounted entry of £6 per person.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is just under an hour away by car at Alloway on the south side of Ayr.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge 2015 (c)

 

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I’ve had several guests this year who have been walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path and I’ve always offered pick-up and collection as Balkissock Lodge B&B is three miles from the route.

Following a discussion with our latest walkers I thought that I’d write this post with a few helpful tips for anyone following in their footsteps!

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, I dropped the guests off at the start of the route at Glenapp Kirk with full flasks, bottled water, fresh fruit and my copy of The Ayrshire Coastal Path Official Guide Book.


The first part of the route to Ballantrae is relatively short in distance but challenging due to the terrain and there’s currently a diversion due to some engineering works.  There are no shops on this part of the walk so be prepared to carry lunch/refreshments with you.

I collected the guys later in the day and they stayed here for a second night before continuing their walk the following morning, leaving their car here at the Lodge.  I do a selection of platters or the pub in the village serve meals until about 8pm.

The father and son were having a wonderful time together and even made time to write a beautiful comment in the guest book:


Not knowing the area prior to their visit they pre-booked another B&B to the south of Girvan but found that this made day two of their journey too short and wished that they’d booked somewhere in Girvan which would have also given them a good choice of places to eat in the evening.  It’s worth remembering to pop into Scotmid in Ballantrae to stock up on any supplies as there are no shops between Ballantrae and Girvan.  The guests also called in at Craigiemains Garden Centre to buy their own copy of the Guide Book.

Being several miles south of Girvan made the following day quite a long trek as they’d booked a B&B in Dunure, a beautiful little fishing village on the coast overlooking Aisle Craig, Arran and the Mull of Kintyre.

Dunure, Ayrshire, Scotland

Again, please call in at the many shops in Girvan as the only shop between Girvan and Dunure on the Path is a small one at Maidens. They enjoyed their meal at the Dunure Inn.

This left a relatively short walk the following day to Ayr to catch a bus back to Ballantrae where I picked them up so that they could collect their car and after more coffee and biscuits headed off for a quick break in Edinburgh before returning home.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

We offer a drop-off and pick-up service for guests walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path … just let us know when you book so that it can be arranged.

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I’ve been asked by several guests for the recipe for the bread that I currently make. It’s basically a white bread mix with wholemeal added.

1 lb bread machine loaf

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  • 350g Allinson Strong White Bread Flour
  • 150g Allinson Very Strong Wholemeal Flour
  • 10g Allison Yeast
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Oil (Vegetable or Olive oil)
  • 10g Demerara Sugar

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This generally goes into the bread machine and I’ve found that it cooks best on the “white” bread setting although I confess I’ve no idea what the difference between the programmes is (perhaps I’ll read the instructions one day!).

Small seed and grain wholemeal loaves

Today I’ve tried out a different wholemeal recipe … again using Allinson flour but this time a seed and grain wholemeal variety.

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  • 500g Allinson Seed and Grain Wholemeal Flour
  • 10g Allison Easy Bake Yeast
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 10g Demerara Sugar

I wasn’t confident that it would rise (my past attempts at 100% wholemeal have been disappointing) so I split the mixture between four small loaf tins.

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Small but perfectly formed:

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Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015

Guests love the home baked bread … come and see why!

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Stargazing, the ISS and Mooning…!

We are so lucky to live on the edge of the Galloway Dark Sky Park which means that we have fabulous dark skies for star gazing.  Howard is the photographer … I just take snapshots so these are his pictures.

The Earth’s satellite … the moon:

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The Northern Lights … Aurora Borealis:

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Jupiter and its moons:

Jupiter and it's moons. stargazing live

The International Space Station arcing across the night sky:

ISS International Space Station

If you’re not sure at what you’re looking at we’ve a load of books for guests to use:

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Can’t wait until it’s dark? Why not gaze (safely of course) at the brightest star in the sky!!

 

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If you’re lucky, let’s also hope that you get to see a great sunset over Knockdolian Hill whilst you’re waiting!!

Knockdolian Hill, Ballantrae

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Do you want to sample our dark skies? (cloud-free nights not guaranteed!!)

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