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Meet Arthur !

March 6th, 2013

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Here is Arthur our lovely farm tom cat! Just told him a good joke! He laughed so much his eyes closed !!!

Guests got more than they bargained for !

March 6th, 2013

IMG_2340New calf spotted ! Just born, spotted by people seeing around the lodge and farm today (ps it was a wee girl). First steps !!!

Started calving

March 6th, 2013
Our first calf of the season !

Our first calf of the season !

National Museum of Rural Life

March 4th, 2013

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The National Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride provides an insight to how rural life used to be in Scotland. There are tractor and machinery displays, an original farmhouse with outbuildings, animals , and lots of events and activity days throughout the year. Another great day out!

A First !

March 4th, 2013

Farmer Tom is rolling the fields today as the weather has been so dry ! Absolutely unheard of in March !!!

M&Ds Theme Park – Hamilton

March 3rd, 2013

M&Ds

M&Ds Theme Park is only 25 minutes away from drumboy Lodge, in Hamilton. Now recognised as Scotland’s Theme Park, M&D’s is unique in Scotland. With 5 terrifying White Knuckle rides, over 20 kids’ rides, 18 hole Miniature Golf, Glow in the Dark indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic Soft Play Area, bars and restaurants and My Pawfect Bear factory. You can also discover AMAZONIA, Scotland’s only indoor Tropical Rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and creepy crawlies! A great Day out!

The Falkirk Wheel

February 26th, 2013

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The Millennium Link was an ambitious £84.5m project with the objective of restoring navigability across Scotland on the historic Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, providing a corridor of regenerative activity through central Scotland.

A major challenge faced, was to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these were dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

What was required was a method of connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift. British Waterways (now Scottish Canals) were keen to present a visionary solution, taking full advantage of the opportunity to create a truly spectacular and fitting structure that would suitably commemorate the Millennium and act as an iconic symbol for years to come.

The resultant, a perfectly balanced structure that is The Falkirk Wheel – the world’s first and only rotating boat lift – was the eventual outcome of our collaboration with a design team that combined international experience of joint venture contractor Morrison-Bachy-Soletanche with leading specialists from Ove Arup Consultants, Butterley Engineering and Scotland-based RMJM architects.

Completion of The Millennium Link project was officially marked by Her Majesty The Queen on 24 May 2002 at The Falkirk Wheel.

Boab begs for walkies !

February 24th, 2013

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Margaret has been working all week and her dog Boab has been missing his big walks !

How can you resist a wee face like that !! Come on Boab ! Walkies !!

Calderglen Country Park

February 22nd, 2013

calderglen parkCalderglen’s scenic landscape and range of facilities and services promise to make the park a great family day out with lots of fun things to do.
The main visitor attractions and facilities are centred around the historic Torrance House which hosts a visitor centre and a great little shop packed full of gifts and goodies. Also at Torrance House is the Courtyard Café which is great place to indulge in some tasty refreshments and ice cream.
Nearby is the conservatory with its tropical displays, plants from around the world and an ornamental garden area.
The children’s zoo has a wide range of animals including owls, marmosets, wallabies and the ever popular and watchful meerkats, who “guard” the zoo!
There is an extensive event and activities programme throughout the year organised by the zoo, conservatory staff and country park rangers.
The park also contains a toddler’s play area, large adventure play area, golf course and sports facilities.
Calderglen Park also hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
Entrance to the park is free.
The nearby Langlands Moss Local Nature Reserve is a great example of the increasingly rare lowland raised bogs. A raised wooden platform walk allows visitors to see the bog up close.
Leaflets on walks and trails are available from the visitor centre.

Chatelerault Country Park – Hamilton

February 21st, 2013

Chatelherault Country Park is a country park in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Its name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title Duc de Châtellerault being held by the Duke of Hamilton.

The country park is centred on the former hunting lodge of the now demolished Hamilton Palace. The lodge was designed by William Adam and completed in 1734. It comprises two pavilions linked by a gateway. The north facade was visible from the palace and forms the front of the building. To the rear are formal parterre gardens. The buildings provided kennels, stables and accommodation for hunting parties returning from the woodlands to the south. Adam jokingly referred to his creation as ‘The Dogg Kennel’. An avenue of lime trees linked the lodge and the palace, formerly located in Hamilton.

In the early 20th century, the palace was demolished and the ground in front of the lodge was excavated for sand quarrying. The resulting subsidence has created a noticeably lopsided feel in the lodge: coins will roll across the floor, and many visitors report feeling unbalanced and ill. The quarrying was halted in the 1970s, following the death of the 14th Duke. The High and Low parks of Hamilton were given to the nation in lieu of death duties. Historic Scotland began renovating the lodge in the late 1970s, including the fine Georgian plasterwork, and a visitor centre was built to the rear. The lodge and park are now managed by South Lanarkshire Council.

The ruins of Cadzow Castle lie above the gorge of the Avon Water, which runs to the west of the lodge. The bulk of the park lies along the Avon gorge, with woodland walks and cycle routes. A herd of Cadzow cattle live in the fields overlooked by the hunting lodge. This apparently unique breed have white coats and long horns.

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