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I’m on the committee of the Ayrshire Bed and Breakfast Association and arranged for our members to meet at Glenapp Castle near Ballantrae for our meeting.

The staff were brilliant and the chef very kindly made us a variety of biscuits and the best lemon and poppyseed cake I’ve ever tasted.


The view from the dining room isn’t too shabby either!


The outdoor Victorian tea room was closed for the winter but we enjoyed our walk around the grounds.

We’ve had several guests staying with us this year who have been to Glenapp Castle for afternoon tea or evening meals and I’m happy to phone ahead and book you in if you would like me to.

Thank you Glenapp for hosting our meeting from us all…


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Glenapp Castle is only a 10min drive from Balkissock

Cordelia 2016 (c)

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I’ve taken Maisy to four different beaches in the past week and been delighted to find them practically deserted which makes for great puppy dog fun!

Girvan Beach:

Ayrshire Beach

Croy Beach (north of Culzean Castle):

Ayrshire Beach

Stranraer Beach:

Ayrshire Beach

Ballantrae Beach:

Ayrshire beach

 

Don’t they look so inviting? Why not come along and fill them up!

Don’t they look inviting? Why not come along and fill them up?!

Cordelia 2015 (c)

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My elderly mother is staying with us for a while and today I took her to visit Logan Botanic Gardens.

At 80 years of age, she’s a little unsteady on her feet and uses a walking stick so I was surprised at how well she was able to get around the gardens. This was accomplished by the hard work of the staff who have really made an effort at levelling paths and making gradients and steps as easy to navigate as possible.

Fern at Logan Garden

It’s rather too early in the year for the huge flower displays that garden attractions are famed for but there was still loads to see from succulents in the hot house to bud bursting huge azaleas and rhododenderons in the walled garden.

Succulents at Logan

The one hundred year old magnolia tree in full bloom was worth the £6.95 entrance fee alone!

Magnolia tree

 

Logan Botanic Garden

The weather was kind, the scones in the cafe were absolutely delicious and I spent way too much on seeds in the shop again too!!

Logan is part of the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens and contains many southern hemisphere exotics that grow well in it’s microclimate in the South Rhinns of Galloway, near Ardwell, a 50 minute drive away from Balkissock Lodge B&B.

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge 2016 (c)

Take in a visit to these and other gardens when you stay in SWScotland

 

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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:

rainbow cloud

 

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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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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My little girl is a year old now so I though that I’d share a few pics of her…


  
  

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Maisy is available for cuddles by request!!

Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge 2015 (c)

Maisy is available for free cuddles with every booking

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I took the puppy to the beach this morning and came across this unusual sight. We get lots of seaweed wash up at Ballantrae but not this type. By the damage, it looks like it’s been torn off the sea bed in a storm.

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Some of the pieces were as thick as my arm and about six feet in length.

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Sometimes we get kelp … sometimes stones … sometimes sand … what will you see when you book?

Cordelia 2016 (c)

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