August 16, 2012

Ahoy there!

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 12:57

We’re back at Tattie House again, after what feels like a complete whirl wind of a trip ‘back home’. A summary of the last week and a bit looks like this – an all night drive, a day to recover, a couple of days of niece-sitting and family seeing and job doing, a wedding, a mild hangover and LOTS of laundry to do, the big shop, making everything fit in the car, another all night drive and back to Rum. Another day of spinning heads and tired eyes and we’re back to normal.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our trip for lots of different reasons…Firstly, I got to spend LOTS of time with two of the little loves of my life, my beautiful nieces.

Ian arranged for his favourite toy to be transported from Wales to Mallaig. Not wanting to even try and tow this ourselves (after quite a few trips with caravan/trailers full, etc) we had a look through Shiply (www.shiply.com) to price up a haulier and found Three D Freight, who got the boat to Mallaig for us and were a complete pleasure to deal with.

We got to spend the week and a bit at Ian’s parent’s house, where we did dog and veggie sitting. Ian took the opportunity to take Tess and new collie Teddy for walkies up the Sugarloaf.

The sun shone for my sisters big day, she looked absolutely beautiful and very happy, everything went without a hitch – perfect. Congratulations Mr & Mrs. Scotford!

The bride with sisters, mum and nan.

Like mother, like daughter? i think so…

My dad (who spoiled all the girls with champers and looked all dapper in his suit) before setting off…

Fantastic day!

We stayed at Ian’s parents place while we were in Wales, they bought the house in a very similar condition to how Tattie House is at the moment and so could be thanked for inspiring us to take on our very own project and to believe that with a lot of hard work and dedication, we can do it. Over the course of the last 15 years they’ve made what was a delapidated house a beautiful country home and have worked hard on the land ever since to create a very productive vegetable garden. Being able to stroll around the gardens and choose from quite an extensive selection of fruit and veg was a real treat and has got us thinking about what we will be able to achieve in the future on the Isle of Rum. Here are some snaps of the veggie garden…

On top of this there are also orchards, a salad crop poly tunnel, figs, cherries and nectarines, all the berries you can think of and I’m sure things I haven’t mentioned. Like I said, an inspiration!

Here’s one of Ian looking quite proud of his boat

We’re waiting on the arrival of the back up engine, then as the weather allows will be out and about on the waters around Rum catching lots of fish and enjoying island life from a different perspective.

Whilst we’ve been away we’ve had a good hard think about how to tackle the rest of the work from here on, and have ordered up the next lot of materials which are now on their way. It has seemed slow at times, but being completely amateur at renovation we’re taking it all one step at a time and trying not to trip up. Now after our break, we’ve got fresh minds, a good idea of the direction we’re going in and a MASSIVE jobs list. I have a feeling the next few weeks are going to be very productive…



  1. Lovely pics Kate, and it was lovely seeing you. x

    Comment by sarah tanner — August 16, 2012 @ 13:36

    • Thanks Sarah, was great to see you too 🙂 although it all seemed to go so quickly! Got some really cracking shots of Helen. Will have to all get together when we come back for the winter and have a girlie night slide show x

      Comment by tattiehouse — August 16, 2012 @ 15:41

  2. Hi Kate, I have been following your progress with interest. Nice to see things coming together for you both. Look forward to seeing all your hard work coming to fruition.
    Take care. Clive ( Caldicot Meatal decorating )

    Comment by Clive — September 3, 2012 @ 16:11

    • Hi Clive, sorry I’ve taken a while to get back to you. Always really happy to see the folk from home are still interested in what we’re up to. Hope everything with work is going well and everyone there is ok, it might suprise you to know I actually miss it occasionally! Say hi to the folks at CMD for me, cheers Kate

      Comment by tattiehouse — October 1, 2012 @ 13:58

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