Rod & Moyra welcome you to Hazlefield House. 
The winter solstice is well past now and yes, we're in the depths of the real winter now here in this lovely peaceful corner of South West Scotland!  We've had some pleasant albeit unexpected brighter days recently as the tail end of Storm Eleanor passed over - another tree down in the garden to add to the pile in the woodshed - it keeps the home fires burning!   On those occasions when the clouds do part from overhead it's still perfect for birding, walking, cycling and driving on what we believe must be the quietest roads in the UK!  The afternoons are increasing in length by a few minutes each day now and it is perceptible over the course of one week to the next.  Spring must surely be just around that elusive corner.

Our hens continue to show off their garden antics picking their way between snow and hail.  They manage to flourish out in the open and usually mange to provide the breakfast table with a ready-supply of daily fresh eggs.

The bees are tucked into the hives, not truly hibernating but keeping warm by clustering.  They do fly if the temperature pops above 10 or so degrees for a brief cleansing flight ...  The honey left on for their winter stores may be getting low as they will consume more food if the weather is milder - a dangerous time for bees, not during cold spells but warmer, damper ones hasten the possibility of demise ... but we'll know for sure around the beginning of March.

We had many nesting garden birds this summer with the return of 3 pairs of house martins successfully rearing their young over the front door.  Pairs of buzzards and red kites are frequently spotted over the house and a fabulous cock pheasant has taken up residence to glean from under the bird feeders, in addition to the occasional visiting hare and deer.  The barnacle geese returned to the Solway estuary, a few days later then usual this season.  A splendid sight and sound as they fly in from the shore to the nearby fields for their daily nourishment.  There are more of them than ever, numbering in their THOUSANDS this winter!

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We look forward to welcoming you to this most unspoilt region where there is always much going on, whatever the season.

We hope you'll have a really lovely stay with us and we look forward to meeting many old and hopefully some new friends in 2018!