Rooftops and Chimney Pots

These delightful cards are made by Ann of Brookwood Letters.

Here are the details:

6 different card designs

Cards are approx. 9.5 cms square and are left blank inside

Each box has the same selection of 6 cards and envelopes (as shown on the back of the box)

Each box has a different card picture printed on each box

They sell in the Gallery in Ullapool for £12 for a box


She is hoping to increase her stock in 2016 so be sure to check back next year!

Stirling Castle’s A Midwinter’s Feast



A special invitation from Stirling Castle (tickets are included in the admission price):

“You are cordially invited to Stirling Castle this Sunday (6 Dec) to mark the end of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink with A Midwinter’s Feast. Discover the dishes that might have made it to the Queen’s banqueting table 500 years ago and experience the traditions of a royal Renaissance Christmas with music, dancing and the art of tomfoolery. Visit our festive food market in the Chapel Royal and try delicious samples from local businesses.”

The event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Chicken Soup

Here is a wonderful soup recipe from Stirling Castle’s Unicorn Cafe.  I particularly like it because it doesn’t require searching up a whole bunch of ingredients and it sounds so hearty and delicious.


Rustic Chicken, Leek & Potato Broth Serves 4
IL Vegetable stock
250g Leeks – cut into 2cm pieces and washed
500g Potatoes scrubbed and cut into 2cm dice
4 x Chicken thighs
Salt & pepper
1. Bring the vegetable stock to the boil
2. Add the chicken thighs and allow to simmer for 20 minutes
3. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon from pot and place on a plate and leave to cool
4. Remove the skin and pick the chicken from the bone
5. Add the leek to the stock and boil for 5 minutes, then remove from pot with slotted spoon and allow to cool
6. Add the potatoes to the pot and cook them until soft, roughly 15 minutes
7. Remove half the potatoes from the pot when they are soft and keep with the cooked leek
8. Blend the remaining potato and stock until smooth
9. Add the reamining potato, leek and chicken
10. Simmer for 5 minutes and season to taste
Serve with some crusty bread.

North Coast 500

With a route of 500 miles of beautiful scenery, the North Coast 500 highlights the coastal roads through the North Highland towns and villages.  It was created in 2014 through the North Highland Initiative, which was put together to encourage economic growth for the region.  For more information, please see here.

What a great video showing the determination and amazing feat of Mark Beaumont and at the same time, showing off the fantastic North Coast of Scotland.