The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The daffodils were in bloom this morning, but not at their best in a brisk westerly which brought showers across the Sound of Mull. That they stop so suddenly against the hardcore that forms the car park in front of the castle is a reminder that they used to run right across the area in front of the castle, and used to be a wonderful sight at this time of year.
They were planted in 1971 or 72 by the then owner of the Estate and the castle, Mike Thompson, who was a member of the family who owned Thompson Newspapers. The bulbs came from a horticultural business he owned down in Angus, and were planted for show - though bulbs were planted for commercial reasons elsewhere, such as on Coll. The Thompsons owned the castle from 1968 to 1973.
When the car park was built the bulbs under it weren't lost. Many were dug up and planted elsewhere on the Estate.
Many thanks to Sue & Dochie Cameron for information about the Thompsons.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
The sharp-sighted amongst this blog's readers will have spotted another change to the castle's appearance....
With three stonemasons arriving next week, and more workmen thereafter, building work on the walls will proceed apace, and this is best done with some protection from the rain. The netting is what builders call 'dust and debris' netting, and it's not what would usually be used to keep a building weatherproof, but the normal material is thicker and more wind-resistant, and wouldn't survive in local conditions.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
John's here to check that all's well - it certainly is.
Large amounts of builders' materials were arriving as I left and, at any moment, three more static caravans to house the workers who will be arriving. There's a feeling of anticipation on site, as if, with the winter and the bad weather finally behind us, the project is really going to get cracking.