We are delighted to have author and photographer Phil Cope staying with us. He is in the Ayrshire area discovering Holy Wells for his next book which will have new photographs and old tales of the Sacred Springs of Holy Wells of Scotland – to be published by Seren in 2014.
Check out his last beautiful book – which he also designed himself Holy Wells : Cornwall. Fabulous pictures and fascinating stories. Also Holy Wells: Wales A Photographic Journey.
That we are now being represented by Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay! I have used Alistair’s guide books for goodness knows how many years to find interesting and reliably good places to stay whilst working on location photographing gardens in UK and Europe. So it is especially exciting that now we have passed the inspection and we are very proud to be included in the Alistair Sawday’s website and next year in the guide book and Dog Friendly B&B Special guide. Well done to our own Alasdair!
The Barr Village website now has information and a map about the beautiful walking and cycling trails that are free for all to enjoy. http://www.ayrshirepaths.org.uk/walkbarr.htm
Mountain bikes are also available to rent from the village for just a small donation to the village community fund.
Our local tourist office has provided some new leaflets for our visitors so here they are …
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Whilst the sun is shining here at shining and it’s so warm here at the Farm we have been getting on with some outside jobs – the garden is looking better than ever (if we may say) and Alasdair has made a panel for the window of his sculpture workshop. All in lovely Farrow & Ball retro colours:
Red Earth, Blazer, Brinjal, Cooking Apple & Minster Green
This year we are celebrating Andrea’s 20 years of garden photography. Sort of good news and bad news though!
Good news that she currently has an exhibition at the super venue in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway called ‘Mill on the Fleet’. It’s called ‘The Golden Hour’ http://www.millonthefleet.co.uk/index.php/exhibitions/programme/44-the-golden-hour. The selection of photographs were chosen to represent the gloriously luminous time at the crack of dawn and in the long shadows of early evening when she has captured the glowing light in inspiring gardens, in Britain and around the world.
The bad news is that until the exhibition is over our walls are rather bare – sorry about that. Back to normal after the exhibition closes on May 19th. In the meantime here’s a preview.
With or without Andrea’s pictures the Mill on the Fleet is a great place to visit. A working watermill with a super riverside cafe (great coffee and cakes) and a wonderful secondhand book shop. Great place for a pit stop if you are coming to stay with us!
Spring is a bit slow to arrive this year and it’s still mighty chilly but according to our favourite weather forecast we’re going to have a sunny weekend – perhaps with the exception of Sunday morning.
Also rather delayed is the opening of Andrea’s exhibition of photography at Mill on the Fleet – it now opens on Easter Sunday. She tells me that the name ‘The Golden Hour’ refers to the glow of the light first thing in the morning and the golden rays of the early evening – which is when she is most busy at work photographing gardens.
Back at home we are very happy that our little ( borrowed) flock of lambs and ewes is still with us albeit in our field. We now have a new flock of new borns which includes little black twins. A bit shy at the moment but becoming accustomed to human visitors.
We’re looking forward to welcoming our weekend guests who are arriving from Bath, New York and Cambridgeshire ! The log fire will be burning in the grate and the hot cross buns and tea ready when you get here! Happy Easter to all.