Last Cuts

A warmish October meant grass cutting all the way into November, but I’ve just completed what I hope is the last grass cut for this year.
The gardens have all been cut back and tidied too, in fact cutting and tidying is the order of the day for the next couple of months as we’ve started on yearly tree cutting and trimming too.

Where are the Fish?

Where are all the fish?

It’s really quite worrying the number of fish I haven’t seen in the river this season, The water heights have not been ideal but I do get the feeling there’s being a distant lack of salmon coming up the river.
My hope is it’s just a blip and the fish return next season.

Every 5th year after bad winter floods this can sometimes happen.

Weed Control !!

I’ve had a real battle with invasive weed species this year, Balsam, thistle and hogweed being the main culprits.

Spraying and topping is the best method but fifteen acres of pasture is a big area to keep cut, the sheep were a big help this year.
The main things we concentrate on are the paths around the estate that the mill guests use for long wildlife walks around Hutton.


Teaching technique

We’ve had as ever a few parties of guests wanting to learn how to cast a fly rod this year.

I obliged, and after the first day all of them were able to get the fly out on the water with success, well done!

If you’d be interested in learning to fly fish please just contact the office, I am a registered instructor and could certainly oblige.

Salmon fly2

Fun in the sun

Well at last we had a few nice days.
The Mill has been busy with guests and particularly guests’ children making the most of the weather.

Inflatables in the river to cool off, football pitch in front of the mill and badminton on the lawn !

Laughs and enjoyment all round.