Moffat Classic Rally 2

On Sunday the cars gather for general viewing and petrolhead lusting. Here’s a GT40 on the most perfect summer day in Moffat. You may spot the Audi Quatro Group B spec rally car behind.

Moffat Classic Rally

Yesterday the classic cars were on a route through the Borders that invariably includes passing the famous AA box at Cappercleuch. A classic AA man was also present! In the 1960s AA members had a key for the box and could phone for breakdown assistance. Ours is one of a very few left though none of them perform their original function.

Summer at the loch

If you weren’t at St Mary’s loch over the past week then you missed yourself! ( to non Scots that simply means you missed having a lovely time… in this instance due to the great weather.) The summer daisies were just across the road … so many that I didn’t feel too guilty pinching a few. If you could always guarantee the weather not many people would go abroad for their holidays.

Shouting bird

House martins have been having a hard time nationally I believe. Ours were late arriving but have been selecting mates (shouting loudly seems to be a good ploy) and building nests. This one is actually a swallow that was in front of the Half House on a power cable.


A gorgeous couple of weeks weatherise but a grey sky this morning. However, an osprey came out to entertain us just in front of the house. I had time to get the camera and snatched a quick shot. He/she has been around our section of the loch regularly over the past few days. They do cover quite a distance so there’s no saying where the actual nest may be.


For some people just walking around the loch doesn’t offer that direct contact experience! Not for me, even with a wet suit!

Hare Today (gone tomorrow?)

Not very sharp picture because it was through double glazing looking out to where we park our car. Very early this morning he was out eating the dandelions, which is no bad thing!

Glen Café

It’s great to see the Glen café back in operation after the refurbishment. It’s 2 minutes drive from the cottage. Everyone knows it as the Glen Café at St Mary’s Loch but technically the loch directly in front of it is called the Loch O’ the Lowes or “the wee loch” separated from St Mary’s Loch itself by a very short channel.

Bedroom view

Gorgeous day today! After our guests left I took the opportunity to take a picture from the upstairs bedroom as the view on our Introduction page was actually taken from the hill behind the cottage. Quite similar?