Spring in the garden

April 29, 2021By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

Today is dry and sunny with a hint of a breeze as I turn into Gordon Castle. What a lovely surprise to glide up the newly tarred road to the gardens to meet up with Ed Bollom, the head-gardener during what is the busiest time in the gardening year. The greenhouses are filled with trays … Read More

Dig for Victory!

March 24, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

It seems the whole world has been turned upside down this spring, but outside nature carries on as normal, the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the first green shoots of spring are beginning to appear. It’s hard to resist listening to the radio or continually checking my phone for the latest news … Read More

Spring Recipes from the Garden

March 2, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminRecipes No Comments

Liz Ashworth, author of our Walled Garden Recipe Book, has written some spring recipes using season produce currently in the garden. We hope you enjoy and if you make any of the recipes please share your pictures with us.  “The garden looks bare just now, inert perhaps, but underground things it is a different story. … Read More

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

February 25, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Recipes 1 Comment

APPLE + CINNAMON PANCAKES Taken from our Walled Garden recipe book (available for £5) written by Liz Ashworth This recipe was inspired by German friend Gisela’s Mutti when I went on a visit to Munster many years ago. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes 115g (4oz) self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 level teaspoon … Read More

Coping With Climate Change

January 29, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice 2 Comments

Believe it or not I’ve had to add mowing to our list of jobs this month. Who’d have thought our visitors would be enjoying sunshine, warmth and the smell of freshly cut grass at the beginning January! Trying to deal with the unpredictable weather is a huge challenge for gardeners, but it hasn’t always been … Read More

From Sweden With Love

January 16, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Cottages No Comments

Today’s guest blog comes from Carina Olander who stayed with us last summer when she and her colleague Anna Truelsen were writing an feature about Gordon Castle for swedish magazine Gods Och Gardar. My name is Carina Olander and I am a photographer from Sweden. In August 2018 my work for a Swedish interior magazine … Read More

Looking over 2019

December 23, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

It hardly seems possible that another year is coming to an end and we have certainly packed in a huge amount over the last 12 months across the whole estate and Walled Garden. From the fishing to the castle, the cottages to the garden, from the professional to the personal, it has been a busy … Read More

Tips for the Christmas Kitchen

November 26, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Recipes No Comments

Here are some top tips from local Author Liz Ashworth about how to make your Christmas meal extra special. Liz Ashworth has been involved with, and written about food for over 40 years. She is passionate about preserving our Scottish Food heritage and promoting local food producers whenever she can. Author of over fifteen cookery … Read More

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

October 29, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

As I walked through Fochabers my way into work this morning I couldn’t help but notice that autumn is coming early this year. Skeins of geese are appearing among the all too familiar rain clouds, the light is beginning to mellow out and there is a definite chill in the air. The beech and birch … Read More

So long Summer

September 16, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog 1 Comment

The season is turning and quite frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of a pretty gloomy summer! We should be busy harvesting plums as I write this, but we’ve had the worst crop in years. The combination of a dry spring followed by a cold and wet summer has hit the trees hard … Read More