We have some September availability on Mull left – from the middle of the month onwards. Please have a look here for details, and please get in touch if you have any queries about staying here. The Holiday Mull calendar gives you an idea of what’s on at that time of year too. The weather in September can be wild or it can be wonderful, and by mid September it is getting dark by 7.30pm, so there are longer fire-side evenings to be enjoyed.
August is now upon us, apparently it is very auspicious that there are 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays this month – it only occurs every 800 years or so… This week the cottages are all filled with regular guests – one family have brought the third generation to stay for the first time, which is very special. They have been staying here over 4 decades, so have seen quite a few changes (especially in the last 2 decades that we have been here!).
The yellow rattle pods across the Coronation Meadow at Haunn are rattling their contents in the slightest breeze. They say a field is ready to be cut for hay when you can hear the yellow rattle seeds rattle. They are certainly rattling now, but I am loathe to cut the field until the orchids have finished fruiting! They were so abundant this year, and it would be awful to do anything to interfere with their increased number!
The angular swaying gangly Devil’s bit scabious and the tall clumps of Knapweed draw attention into the wilder parts of the Coronation Meadow, with creamy swathes of Meadowsweet and occasional pink spires of Purple Loosestrife.
September is Sale Time and Silage Time here on the farm. Our lambs and calves will go to market in small batches throughout the month – their ear tags are already ordered, as no animal can leave the farm without a traceable tag on it. This year we are thinking of going to Fort William with some of our lambs as well as taking others to Oban as we usually do. It is awful to wish the summer away, but we are beginning to think about the winter food too, and making sure we have enough for the animals. Farmer is beginning to get the silage machinery ready. Hoping that everything will work (!) that we have enough silage ‘wrap’ – and then praying to the weather gods for the right combination of sun and breeze.