Courses for 2009.

With spring coming our minds are turning to all things outdoors. I had a chat yesterday with Malcolm Handoll from Five Senses in Orkney about bushcraft, navigating by the stars and shelter building, as well as dry stone walling and building traditional stone structures inspired by the cleits of St Kilda. This morning Richard Strivens from Wilderness Experiences came for a walk round the woods and a chat about residential courses that could include bushcraft, wild foods, canoeing and mountaineering. We will be picking weeks out later this year to offer individual places or can arrange private guidance for groups already booked.

We also have the vegetable gardens to contend with. Inshriach has a large kitchen garden which was expertly brought back to life by Euan and Sulekha who lived here until recently and ran their business, Northern Greens, from the gardens, supplying local restaurants and doing veg boxes. The aim is to offer food for guests in the house, and feed ourselves, but a crash course in vegetation is required before we can make any promises. Anyone who can lend some advice or wants to be involved would be very welcome.

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