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Green Tourism – Silver Award

Ross Bay Retreat & Overdale Cottage A qualified assessor for Green Tourism undertook a Green Check for the above named site. This is a summary of the activities being undertaken on site in relation to the Green Tourism criteria. This Green Check report is a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable

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Waiting to go out for the Summer……….

Waiting eagerly to see if the weather warms up before they set off across the fields for Summer.  These calves, born in the Autumn have enjoyed their wintertime in the big shed with their mothers and are now ready to race around the green fields when the weather warms up a bit and the grass

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Lambing time is getting started………….

Well, when we scanned the ewes over the Christmas period, we knew lambing was going to be a little later this year.  We usually start on Valentines day!  We have had a few lambs but things are still slow……….all mums holding tight to their unborn lambs just waiting for this nice weather to disappear and

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High Spring tides and splashes………

Lovely February weather with the high spring tides encouraged along by some wind saw a few splashes on the rocks in front of the cottages this week!  Its great to see and hear nature at its best.  All undisturbed down here for pleasure and enjoyment.  The peace and quiet with just the birds singing, daffodils

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Lovely Lavenders……………….

We love all the beauty of Ross Bay and the wildlife and nature.  Our beautiful lavenders attract our pollinators ensuring that reproduction can happen.  Hearing the mild buzzing of the bees busy on the lavenders is perfect making the future brighter.  Their fragrance is lovely and the deer keep away – having eaten the superbly

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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light………..au naturale!

Well, Kirkcudbright is celebrating with the festival of light, the town looks amazing with all the displays, light projections, trees in the Soaperie gardens lit up along with the shops and house windows lit up in a display of glory. Here down at Ross Bay we are more familiar with the real dark skies, no

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Sailing fun……out on the water……

Well……we had some fun out sailing in the bay on our Seastrike.  Calm tides, gentle waves – just how we like it. Lots to see with a different view from out on the water, cattle, sheep, coastline and grassland. Lovely picnic afterwards – just what was needed for a lovely excursion!

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Wow……..look at that moon!

Look at that moon……it was amazing to watch the moon coming up behind the hill of Miekle Ross and it happened so fast.  Lovely evenings here in the summer, watching the tide ebb and flow with the birds singing, a little piece of paradise (but we may be bias!)

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Making hay while the sun shines!

The old saying is right, “you can only make hay while the sun shines”, so thats what we have been doing here at Ross Farm. We have baled some lovely round bales ready for the winter feed for the calves, sheep and ponies – winter and lambing time preparation – who said farmers weren’t organised!

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Roxey our little cocker spaniel enjoying the view.

A lovely walk over the hill and down to the sea is sometimes all you need for a recharge – Roxey enjoyed stopping to take in the view, unless it was a deer she had spotted!

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