Appletree Cottage has been up and running for over a year now having opened in August 2016. Work began in late 2015 on the foundations, but well before that, before we bought the farm, the old barn still shown on Google street view was demolished - probably between 2011 and 2013.
The barn on the immediate left had lost its roof by the time we arrived and we replaced it with a red corrugated iron roof (similar to many other barns on this same road) in 2015.
Other changes have been landscaping, the shortening of the distant barn (so the cottage now gets a fantastic view across Cameronmuir) and the replacement of the double gates which someone appeared to have tried to drive through without opening them!
Below are you can compare the current view with that of 2011.
The view from the road in late 2017. The cottage is now 16 months old. The barn on the left has been re-roofed (having lost its roof completely) and some trees in the hedge line have been allowed to grow. The distant barn has been truncated to give Appletree Cottage a fantastic view of Cameron Muir. There are no animals on the farm now as the land surrounding the farm has been planted up as an apple orchard
A recent cold snap has seen temperatures of minus seven degrees centigrade.
Clear skies and sunshine have brought a touch of magic to our area:
A short journey through Croftamie and onto the old military road that runs towards Balloch produces some spectacular scenery..
Beautiful clear days and bright sunshine make all the difference...