Sparrowhawk! has he scared away the sparrows!


So far this week our garden has been a proper hive of activity with blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, coal tits and the tree sparrows which live in our hedge have all been flying gathering material to build their nests. However that may have all changed since our Sparrowhawk (who is now a frequent visitor to the garden) made a successful kill in front of the little birdies. But he seems to have become a little bit nonchalant. No longer is he content with sitting on the fence at the back of the garden watching and waiting. No he is sitting on the tree stump we hang the bird food from and is staring into the hedge.





Spring Time in Perth

Now officially Spring has Sprung in Perth and, though I may be biased, Perth has to be one of the most beautiful cities to enjoy the sunshine and natures flower show.

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Photographs taken by Marysia MacFarlane and published on Scotland from the Roadside

Happy Shrove Tuesday everyone!!!

As a special treat this morning we served freshly made pancakes with blueberries and a swirl of golden syrup, delish!

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Storm Henry brings colourful nacreous clouds

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What is it they say? Every dark cloud has a silver lining? Storm Henry was predicted to bring high winds and heavy rain (as though we haven’t had enough of that in the 3 months since they started naming storms) to which Henry didn’t disappoint. However Scotalnd wasn’t prepared for the beautiful nacreous cloud displays it brought as well. Twitter and Facebook were inundated with stunning pictures of this phenomenon.

Nacreous clouds, also known as mother of pearl clouds, were seen last night from Perth as well as most other towns in Scotland.

Nacreous clouds form in the lower stratosphere over polar regions when the sun is just below the horizon. The iridescent nacreous clouds are as captivating as they are rare.

These eye-catching rainbow coloured clouds form in the Earth’s stratosphere at around 70,000ft, way above where other clouds are normally found and in much colder air, around -78C.

The BBCs weather presenters explained it is far too dry at this height for clouds to form, but during the polar winter the temperature can drop low enough to promote the cloud’s development.

“Here in Scotland, the recent storms have probably helped too, with strong winds driving moisture up into the stratosphere.

“Their colour comes from ice crystals refracting the sun’s rays to give the rainbow effect.”

He added: “They’re most vivid before dawn and after sunset, as they’re in sunlight longer due to their altitude. They’re sometimes referred to as ‘mother of pearl’ clouds or otherwise known as polar stratospheric clouds.”

Almond Villa would like to wish all our guests past and future a very Merry Christmas xxx

Remember, please don’t over do it           wink smiley


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Christmas in Perth

Make Perth and Whispers of the Past your destination during the festive season!

If you are ever looking for that special gift and you thought you have looked every where then look again. Whispers of the Past is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies with ideas and gifts you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

Whispers of the Past

Whispers of the Past



Perth Winter Festival

A programme packed with events in Scotland’s newest city promises to make this year’s Perth Winter Festival the biggest and best yet.A programme packed with events in Scotland’s newest city promises to make this year’s Perth Winter Festival the biggest and best yet.

Look out for history and horror tours of the city across the season. The excitement continued on 5 November with Bonfire Night firework celebrations in the city’s South Inch park.


Other highlights in November include The Handmade Show, a special chance to get some unique gifts at perth Concert Hall on 15 November.

Santa parade and Christmas Light Switch Onsanta On 21 November, the magic of Christmas begins with another outdoor event, the Lights Switch On Festival.

The city centre will be bursting with great things to do, including fun rides, watching street entertainers and fireworks. The Lord Provost will switch on the lights with the help of a rather special guest, who will is to be revealed nearer the time.

Then the live music and entertainment will continue into the evening as special acts (to be confirmed) take to the stage to perform. Look out for other fun things to see and do across the weekend, including ice sculpting and film-themed street displays to admire.

Chocolate festival If that’s not enough, the Perth Festival of Chocolate will also be taking place from 21 – 22 November. Enjoy market stalls selling everything from mouth-watering cocoa treats to chocolate-scented candles, as well as workshops and demonstrations to enjoy.

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Whats On from Horsecross Arts.

Please see the link for the latest Whats On from Horsecross Arts.

Perth Concert Hall 10th Anniversary | Sat 12 – Sun 20 Sep

Perth Concert Hall is throwing open its doors and inviting you to join in the party as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary!10 anniversary

We have put together two special weekends of community activities and concerts to celebrate a decade of adventurous programming, innovative join-in events and exciting activities in the popular Perth venue.

Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally


The Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club Farming Yesteryear and Vintage Rally 2015 will be on Sunday 13th September. The 2015 Rally will open to the public on Sunday 13th of September at Scone Palace by kind permission of Rt Hon Earl of Mansfield.

farming yesteryear 2Vintage tractors, stationary engines, steam engines and agricultural machinery will be on display together with vintage cars, lorries and other vehicles. Working demonstrations of vintage agricultural machinery including ploughing, combining and threshing, plus trade stands and auto jumble.

The 2015 SVTEC Farming Yesteryear Rally will be a special one as the club celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Rally coming to Scone Palace.

Entrance: Adults £10.00, Children and Concessions £5.00

Parking FREE

For further information, please visit The club looks forward to seeing you there.

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