Even the balmy shores of the Borgue peninsula were not exempt from the recent bouts of stormy weather that caused havoc in other areas of the U.K. last week. The builders have installed the internal wall frames and the roof trusses but it was all looking a bit sad and soggy when we visited last weekend. Here’s Gabrielle paddling around in the living room.
The deepest puddles were in the hallway that leads from the main entrance door down to the living room. We were down in Kirkcudbright for the Jazz Festival staying in a tent on the town camp site, next to Phillip and Miriam’s caravan. Luckily the weather eased off on Saturday afternoon and the camp site was not too boggy. The camp site is very well placed above the town with views out to the estuary and surrounding hills and it’s just a couple of minutes walk down to the local shops and hostelries. The Jazz Festival was well attended and lots of fun although some of the outdoor events had to be cancelled or moved indoors to escape the weather on Friday and Saturday. We went to two nights of back-to-back concerts in the town hall, helped along with plenty of tasty Sulwath Brewery beer.
The cottage roof will be finished in slate tiles and in the Scottish building style these will be nailed onto wooden ‘sarking‘ boards. In the picture below, the digger is being used to raise the sarking boards up to roof height.
On the way back from the cottage we paid a visit to Glenwhan Gardens near Stranraer. These gardens are at the north end of Luce Bay on an elevated site with extensive views out over the bay and the surrounding moorland. The gardens have a huge collection of plants and gave us plenty of ideas of what might grow well in the Galloway climate.