11 September 2017
I wiz away sailing last week. I know, I know, wanker, but it's no like that. Anyway we had reached the the beginning of the Crinan canal that cuts through the Mull. Oneywise me and my shipmate Peter went for a wee walk along the canal and came across this strange box all painted up, across the water from this magical wee artist's hoosey all flowers and colours...
16 November 2016
Aye, so, coming up for our thirtieth year trading. We’ve changed the look. It’s good like, a change every now and again. 30ish years ago Judith was a doctor, I made garden sheds, we gave it up to make this wine for you. Still making fruity wines, hands on from start to finish and pumping it out to you guys with a fresh new label. I hope you like it.
14 July 2016
We’ve been delivering to Scottish Asdas for over twenty years! I have a mental map of Scotland dotted with Asda green. If I ever write a book it will be called Kirkton Gates, for I’ve spent a dogs lifetime waiting at that particular stores delivery gates. Now it’s all over; we’re delivering direct to depot. I’m reminded of a story, many years ago when Naan Meikleour, a very well known and occasionally fierce, lady that worked for us, fought for us, on the sales side, was driving along the Dunkeld road in Perth one day when she was pulled over by the police, blue light flashing; she gets out in a...
28 November 2015Tuesday, 9 a.m. I was looking at these pies in the pie cabinet at the filling station, the girl there was warming her hands on it, the cabinet I mean; that’s what drew my attention to them; the pies I mean not the hands. She’d been out tidying up round about and her hands were cold. Is there anything tastier looking than a hot pie in a pie cabinet? I wanted one. I’ve just let the guys off at the picking and I was filling up my tank. I nearly said ‘GIVE ME A PIE.’ but I didn’t; coward. The women might have said, “hmm, he had a pie”, but what were they going to do about it, call the...Read More
28 November 2015
If you have a favourite elderberry tree that’s lost it’s vigour and is basically seek lookin, cut it down. This may revive it. Cut the trunks right down to about shin height (that’s my shin not yours) and just above a set o buds. Here I have done a row what I call the Zulu method after the film, cutting down every alternative bush. The bushes cut will produce no flowers or berries next year but strong new shoots should appear. By leaving half the bushes uncut there will always be something firing while the others are reloading. I wear a canoe helmet as the branches have a habit of falling on my head and there’s...
21 October 2015
Another good haul of apples for the oor cider. This lot is from Rossie Priory, just four miles along the road from us. I tried to get the pickers in the picture but they were too shy.
If you have apples yourself bring them in to exchange for our produce (or cash to fuel that entrepreneurial fire burning away in there). Alternatively give us a shout and we can come out and pick your apples for you.
19 March 2014
The Annual International Bottle Smashing Tournament at the Cairn o Mohr winery out at Errol is upon us once again. This event, which is in its 13th year, started as an entertaining solution to disposing of the mountains of empty Cairn O Mohr wine bottles that accumulates over the winter at the winery every year. Competitors in the event are given seven empty regulation Cairn o Mohr bottles to throw at a two foot diameter rock (the Rock) suspended from a specially netted frame (the Thing)Gents must chuck their bottles from 13 metres and Ladies from 9 metres.
The winners in both classes are those who break most bottles off...
09 December 2013
Here’s one. I was delivering to Gleneagles hotel one day (woooo). I don’t know if you’ve ever been there but it’s a classically grand sort of place, not dead ostentatious or anything, not as fancy as you would think but just displaying a laid back grandeur, secure of its position in the world. The back door, where you take the deliveries, is just like a working like kind of an area, people running around. There doesn’t seem to be any particular heavy security thing going, like you might expect from a prestigious establishment catering for the rich,famous, international world leaders and that, (aright,aright...
07 November 2013
Wiz up Kingoodie me and Simon spotted a cracker o a yelly aipple tree hinginoor the bankin. Loaded. An unhandy site though but we decided to go for it. Taen ten bags of , in aming nettles an that, stung tae bits but we’re well used tae it. Now this was defin etely on no mans land by the road so dinnae be gien us it. We christened it ‘Kingoodie’ fur future ref.I popped through ti the other side and here’s this wee beauty o a rid aipple tree in someone’s garden. I shouted ‘aipples,’ and then realised there’s someone standing there. I sez, ‘I’ll buy these aipples aff ye....
27 October 2013