Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Holiday cottage near Edinburgh Scotland. Original features, maintenance and energy saving

March 2017
Complete interior decorate by Carlo Rubino 01383 832870

Back hallway leading to conservatory

Nov 2009
Local joiner making frames for secondary double glazing
using Scottish oak.

Original features of holiday cottage:-
Sandstone walls.
Slate tiled roof.
Wooden floorboards (living room )
Wood panelled doors - (most rooms)

Sash windows (originals kept whilst adding secondary double glazing )

Joiner and apprentice planing fanlight for double glazing

during the annual schedule of works, maintenance and improvements.

Character features:-
window seat
Organic wooden facings - bathroom - recycled wood from our own woodland
Solid wood work surfaces - kitchen - made by the owner

Some antiques:-
Ceiling height bookcase from Glasgow university

Further works in November 2009

1 foot more of new recycled glass loft insulation

Reed Insulation , unit 2, Riverside Court, Cupar, Fife KY15 5JY
Tel: 01334 655669 Fax: 01334 655669

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Anstruther. Isle of May

An east coast fishing village 
1 hours drive from the holiday cottage

23.10.2013. Still cooked to order

Edinburgh shops

Waitrose Edinburgh
Easy meal for your holiday -
Charlie Bigham steak and ale  pie
(in ceramic dishes)

Shop for a  treat for your self catering 
for your Scottish holiday cottage

                                                         This branch near Fettes college

Jenners Princes street

Indian supermarket Leith walk

Tamarind pots, methi leaf, etc.

Chinese supermarket Leith walk

Asian supermarket next to the mosque near the university.

 pickles,  breads, designer rice bags,......

Valvona and Crolla, Elm Row

Food presents

Animals.Otterston Loch, Vane farm.Edinburgh Zoo Pandas. Shetland pony knit

5 miles from holiday cottage (near Dalgety Bay)

Several variety of duck:- Coot, Moorhen, Mallard, etc.

Our woodland:-

The grass meadow paths are a favourite with the badgers,
as well as their well trodden ash paths,
passing over in to the farmer's field for a bit of straw for their bedding.
Although they are usually a dusk and dawn sighting, we have seen a mother and 2 cubs at 3 p.m. in early summer, meandering home.
What else you might see:-
Hare- Pops up all over the woodland.
Roe deer (Seen regularly in groups up to four.)
Fox ( also seen with the cub in her mouth.)
Grey squirrel.
mink, voles.
3 types of bat.
Buzzard, sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon, http://twitter.com/VisitBritain/status/294428139969462272/photo/1
Treecreeper, green woodpecker, long eared owl, lapwing, oystercatchers, yellowhammer,
song thrush, robin, dunnock, magpie, blackbird, chaffinch, great tit, coal tit and blue tit,
linnet (nests in front garden), woodpigeon, goldfinch, greenfinch, pied wagtail on the cottage roof,
unidentified warbler.
Swallow and swifts in summer, fieldfare and redwing in winter.
Curlew in the field in front of the front garden, common gull, geese, the odd skylark.
Pheasant nest each year and several young can be seen following mum up the grassy path to the far away orchid meadow.
December, we've seen 2 pairs of bullfinch and some long tailed tits.
Butterflies and moths.
Bugs and insects:-
Dragonflies, beetles, ants, worms...
Dormant Hawthorn shield bug spotted December 2009