Open Studio at the Garden

Cowal artist Anthea Gage has been exhibiting at Glenfinart Walled Garden as part of the Cowal Open Studios weekend. Despite the challenging autumnal weather, Anthea’s unique exhibition of prints has so far welcomed over 100 visitors.

The event continues until 5pm on Monday 25 September at Glenfinart Walled Garden. Entrance is free.

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Deer adventure

DSCF7546-2Last week several residents and visitors watched with bated breath as a deer, which was apparently stuck on a sandbank in Glenfinart Bay, managed to extricate itself.

After it was marooned, the deer began to swim towards the land but then in panic, swam back out to the sand. It eventually turned and swam to shore, landing on the beach near the nursery field. The photograph, courtesy of Cathy O’Riordan, shows the relieved animal having reached dry land.

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Slow down, save a life

Yet more roadkill on Ardentinny’s roads. This time what looks like a grouse killed on the bridge at Drynain. One does wonder as to the speed vehicles are travelling on this stretch of single-track road and why the drivers appear unable to avoid these creatures.

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Tinsel and treats at Ardentinny party

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Ardentinny’s Annual Christmas Party for the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the village was another great success.

Organisers, Anna and Mary Jane provided lots of good, old fashioned, party games and there was an even greater array of cakes and goodies, thanks to the many volunteers who baked.

Excitement for the children culminated in hearing Santa’s distant bell and his eventual arrival to deliver their gifts.

 

 

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River Finart flooding

Some images from today’s heavy rain which affected Ardentinny and much of the west of Scotland.

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River Finart near Ardentinny – Larach road.

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River Finart in full spate near Walled Garden.

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Flooding on road to Shepherds Point.

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Misty Moments in Ardentinny

The concert, entitled ‘Misty Moments’, held in Ardentinny church on Saturday 28 September, produced a misty eye or two, such was the quality of the music produced by the 8+1 group of singers under the direction of and accompaniment by John McIntosh. Their repertoire ranged from the jazz standard ‘Misty’ by Erroll Garner through a medley of ‘Gershwin for Girls; ‘Georgia on my Mind’ by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell; Cole Porter’s ‘Every time we say goodbye’ to Bob Dylan’s ‘Make you feel my love; Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’; and an old Irish Folk song ‘The Parting Glass’.

The group’s vocal range and wonderful harmonies particularly excelled in pieces from ‘the deep south’ but such is the flexibility of their talent that they produced equally moving renditions of ‘J’attendrai’,  originally composed in Italian by Dino Olivieri and John Rutter’s ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’.

While a delightful afternoon of song was enjoyed by a most enthusiastic audience, this was not the sole aim. The concert was held in aid of the Princess Royal’s Maternity Baby Fund to which those who attended donated generously. If you were unable to attend but would like to know about and/or donate to this worthwhile cause you can do so by contacting Susan Provan, Neonatal Coordinator, Neonatal Department, 16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 2ER. Susan.provan2@ggc.sco.nhs.uk. Phone 0141 211 5247. Cheques made payable to ‘PRM baby fund’ may be posted to the above address.

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Waverley keeping things current

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Waverley passes Ardentinny this afternoon with a number of paddle steamer aficionados on board.

On paddle steamer Waverley’s penultimate cruise of the season up Loch Long today, it was good to hear, as part of the excellent on-board commentary, a mention of Glenfinart Walled Garden and its inclusion in the latest episode of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden. This was in addition to the usual references to Harry Lauder’s song “O’er the Hill to Ardentinny” and Coulport. Excellent that Waverley is keeping its visitor information up-to-date.

The last weekly cruise of the season by Waverley up Loch Long from Blairmore is next Tuesday at 14:05 with a final cruise leaving Blairmore Pier on Saturday October 19 at 13:00. For more information visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk.

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Goodwill to all ladies and gentlemen

Santa’s little helpers brought some Christmas magic to Ardentinny’s award-winning loos this week with a festive display and complimentary sweets for weary travellers. The immaculate conveniences which won awards for “Loo of the year” in 2004, 2006 and 2007 have been decked out with a santa, festive wreath and a jar of Werther’s Originals!

So tonight if you see a sleigh in the car park, it’s only old St. Nick taking a well-earned comfort break from his busiest night of the year!

A peaceful Christmas to you all.

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Relocation, relocation.. felines in the fast lane

Buffy, looking for his forever home. Can you help?

Argyll-based animal adoption website Spanimal joined with volunteers throughout the UK last weekend to transport four homeless cats from the south of England to Argyll Animal Aid in Oban. The initiative coordinated by Nickoftime.org.uk created a network of nine local volunteer drivers in regions between Wiltshire and Oban to transport Benson and Buffy from Swindon and two additional cats from Doncaster. Fortunately the transport went flawlessly with the cats enjoying some well-earned r&r on Sunday night in Ardentinny before heading for the Small Paws sanctuary on Seil Island, Oban on Monday.

Animal welfare groups in several parts of the UK find themselves inundated  with unwanted pets, with too few homes to go around. In the more rural areas, these forgotten pets hopefully will have a better opportunity of finding their forever homes.

If you would like to help in future transportation of dogs and cats in your area of the UK, please contact Nickoftime here.

These four beautiful cats from the south are now all waiting for caring homes around Argyll. If you’re interested in adopting, then please contact Pat at Argyll Animal Aid or phone 01852 300362.

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Video: Northern Bottlenose Whale in Loch Long

[Updated 4 Sept. 2012]
The following is a clip from the LochLongCam.com webcam filmed on Tuesday 28 August, 2012 off Coulport.

As requested by several of our visitors, we have posted below the full sequence of still images of the whale. [nggallery id=30]

[Update 3 Sept. 18.30] The Ardentinny.org photograph offers a complete picture  and The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) have identified this one as a Northern Bottlenose whale. More at ForArgyll.com.

[Update 3 Sept.] One contributor in our Facebook page thinks it’s a Northern Bottlenose Whale. Our money’s on this suggestion!

With reports in the last few days of a Minke Whale being spotted in Loch Long at Ardmay. Is this photograph (taken this afternoon) of a porpoise or Minke Whale? Answers below please or on our new Facebook page.

 

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