When was the last time someone that asked how you were? What was the reply? 'Fine'? 'Alright'? Perhaps 'great thanks, yourself?'. Did you stop, really stop to think about the question before you answered or did you just give the obligatory response and quickly deflect the question back to the originator?
At the beginning of June 2010 history was repeated at Tuppal Station in the Riverina NSW, Australia.
I was approached early this year by Joyce Gilbert of The Speygrian Trust and asked if I could provide up to 12 Highland Ponies from Newtonmore Riding Centre for a trip they were planning. Of course I immediately said that would not be a problem. The plan was for a one week trip travelling at a “drover's speed” of 10-12 miles per day, camping outside, carrying all our own kit and food and grazing the ponies en route.
February is the time for romance, with Valentines just around the corner. Why not spoil your spouse, partner or love interest with a special night out? Wine them and dine them at one of the 285 Scotch Beef eateries located across the country, where you can be guaranteed that the beef dished up is Scotch and of the highest quality.
The current tax rules for qualifying Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) are very favourable. From 5 April 2010 these rules will be abolished and for many property owners now is the
time to act.
An invite to the Edinburgh School of Food & Drink was a welcome pre-Christmas outing.
Last month’s Hogg’s of Fife men’s section with Richard looking
quite the country gent caused something of a stir at the markets. This month he is rivalled by our ladies’ models and clothing. Our country ladies are younger and of course, prettier than Richard! (Editor’s comment: debatable!)
We went to South Ayrshire where, unusually and quite by accident all five of the vets at Robertson and Orr, Maybole are women. Owner Tia Hastie was good enough to round up her team for us in between calls from clients, and we headed in convoy to Turnberry, where the beautiful Links Lodge B&B nestles amongst the sand dunes in front of the grandeur of the great Turnberry Hotel.
However simple and obvious it seems to add a wedge heel to welly boots,
sculpt the leg, and most importantly make them comfortable and easy to walk in, for two or three days on the trot,
this new breed of welly boot was nowhere to be found two years ago.
With winter fast approaching it is time to check out your winter woollies, jackets and other outdoor clothing.
Purple seems to be the in colour this season and every clothes shop, interior design outlet and even shoe store seem to have limitless rows of purple garments, artefacts and
accessories on offer. Puffa are definitely in vogue with their Blackberry coloured Woodbridge Womens Microfibre Jacket, £85.
Hoggs of Fife, who have been synonymous with quality country clothing since 1888 have three distinct brands: Hunting & Shooting Wear, which sells under the Field Pro brand, Classic Country wear, is marketed under the Hoggs of Fife label and Workwear products are branded Hoggs Professional.