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Ross Bay Retreat announced as Scottish Thistle Award Winners

Wow, what a night out in Glasgow last week and such fun too! We were delighted and pleasantly shocked to be nominated as Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist for the West Region of Scotland but absolutely stunned to be announced as Thistle Awards winners in our regional category. The superb Gala Awards Dinner evening held

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Ross Bay Retreat…. Scottish Thistle Awards……..2019

Scottish Thistle Awards 2019 / 2020   Ross Bay Retreat – Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist – West Region We are very excited here at Ross Bay Retreat as the Scottish Thistle Awards day is fast approaching and we have been nominated. The date that we will biting our nails, crossing our fingers and gently

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New silage wrap…………..greener farming……

Well, at Ross Farm we are always looking for innovative ways to do things better, be forward thinking and proactive, improve how we do things, and review our impact on the countryside, environment and the farm. So……….for our second cut of grass / silage we were going to make it into the large round bales

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Silage time……….

It soon comes around, grass grown and ready to be cut and collected, then put into the silage pit, covered over and getting ready for Winter feed for the cattle, a bit like soaking the fruit to get the Christmas cake ready!!  Some of the grass we have left to wilt a little longer and

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Byre by the Sea.

Work is well underway at with our new barn conversion, Byre by the Sea.  At present the kitchen is being installed, the mulitfuel burning Charnwood Arc 5 is in situ, patio nearly finished, and the glass balconies are going up.  The beds and mattresses have arrived, along with the Ekornes Stressless chairs………..its all go.  Opening

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The Bug Hotel…….

Having recently visited the Cream O Galloway and attended the Ethical Farming Conference there earlier this month, David and I had food for though (pardon the pun!)  We have already planted some wild flower areas on the farm to encourage the bees and butterflies, but we thought we could do more so watch out for

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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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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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Four leaf clover – good luck everyone…..

Whilst out walking the dogs, David was inspecting the meadows for the newly drilled seeds, and look what he found, yes a four leaf clover.  The animals really enjoy eating the clover whether it be in the fields, or whether it has been cut and made into Winter feed. We have opened a new holiday

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More action……………tractor power.

Hay made, we then concentrated on making haylage – baling the dry grass, and wrapping it with the black plastic to give the animals a great tasty alternative to dry hay and clamp silage (grass in a silage clamp fermented to a great winter feed). Trying to balance the diet for the animals is hard

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