It’s a time of year I usually struggle with, which I willingly share in these pages because I’m keenly aware it is a feeling experienced by many, particularly in the farming community.
In her monthly column, Jo Mackenzie writes about life on one of the few remaining dairy farms in the north of Scotland
Some readers may recall from previous columns that Halloween is a pretty big deal in our household. And this year, we have embraced All Hallows’ Eve even more so by making October a month-long celebration of the spooky festival.
May is fast turning into another busy month on the farm, at school and on the home front.
As for most people, I’m sure, with the new year comes new ideas, plans, projects and routines here at Rootfield.
Somewhat unexpectedly, the summer holidays have flown by.
This month in the farmhouse, we have been in full-on fete mode.
Our particular spot in the Highlands may have escaped the snow during the big freeze recently, but we weren’t immune to the sub zero temperatures.
A farmer has condemned two brazen thieves who drove up a long farm lane in broad daylight and stole several hundred pounds from an honesty box.
December seems to come around quicker every year.
Confession: we did not get around to making sea buckthorn ice-cream as previously billed last column.
It's official: Rootfield has gone robotic.
It is all go on the farm just now.
It may be my memory playing tricks on me, but for several years now we have enjoyed fantastic weather over the Easter break. I certainly have photographs of Daisy since age three in a paddling pool at home, on the beach at Findhorn and, last year, playing lawn games at my Mum and Stepdad's in Cromarty.
I recently discovered a book by the Japanese professional tidier, Marie Kondo, and have been decluttering the farmhouse ever since.
I am usually a big fan of the "staycation" - no hanging around airports, no changing currency and no worrying about squeezing into a bathing suit - but its success for me rather hinges on the great British weather, which has thus far not been so great.
Plans for a single turbine on a Black Isle farm have been thrown out by a Scottish Government reporter.
Councillors have unanimously rejected plans for a controversial single turbine on farmland on the Black Isle.