Spring courses

It has been a while… Things have been very busy here this Spring. We have had our relaxation retreat, the Highland wool festival and weekend courses. Alex is also back building the house. The shed and garage are now up and the foundations in. Next we have to harvest more trees to finish off the … read more…

Natural Dyeing

We have just finished fencing part of the clearing in the woods and today we moved our Shetland sheep in. They were so happy to be on fresh pasture again and the lambs loved it. The clearing was full of wild flowers including our first Orchids and although there are lots of them all over … read more…

Natural Dyeing in the Highlands

We had a fantastic weekend of natural dyeing, creating nearly 30 different shades, a complete rainbow of beautiful hues. Over the weekend we dyed with; Gorse flowers, elderberries, tree lichen (small amounts from fallen branches), madder, cochineal, indigo, turmeric and and onion skins. We had eight dye pots on the go at different times, two … read more…

Natural Dyeing Courses

Spring is here -it is time to start natural dyeing! The Gorse flowers are now out in the Highlands and that is always a good sign, Gorse is always one of my first flower dyes of the year. Gorse makes a lovely creamy yellow dye. I also dye with barks and fir cones this time … read more…

Hen Party Activities in the Highlands

Hen party ideas with Wild Rose Escapes  If you are looking for a beautiful place for your Hen weekend, our area of the Highlands has so much to offer, with Glen Affric on our doorstep and Loch Ness just down the road. This year we have had great fun running our hen weekends and groups … read more…

Good to be home

Christmas is over and the new year is here. We are back at Higher Crochail after nearly a month away. It is lovely to be home. We were lucky enough to have various sheep sitters looking after our girls. The most shocking thing about our return, was a gift from our resident Pine Marten. She … read more…

Winter Newsletter 2012

As Autumn gives way to winter up here we have started to get organised for the months ahead.  Alex has been busy building up our log stack, we have taken down and dried out the Ger that we had up over the summer and we have picked as many berries as we could find. Unfortunately, … read more…