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Grange Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast
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What a year it has been for house spiders, where else but in the guest bedrooms.  Several times we have been called by guests to rescue spiders  in the bath, under the bed and running across the room. There doesn't seem to be an answer to good spider control, they can be visibe one minute and gone the next. They are difficult to grab, believe me.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/23/horny-male-spiders-scare-stories

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Well, it is a dreich start to the 2014 season, grey skies intermittent rain and northern European coolth.  Even the bees have given up and haven't been seen foraging for days.  The weekend may see an improvement, or so the forecasters say. 
We have just registered on Booking.com, it is interesting how they like to put their own spin on the accommodation description, is this what is called power-sharing?  Never mind, we live in hope of lots of bookings, that's if 'airbnb' doesn't beat us out of them.

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This has been a good year with more guests staying than any year since starting in 2007.  Something to do with the very good weather in the summer, no Olympic effect drawing visitors away to the south of England and hopefully, the effect of VisitScotland marketing campaigns.  Now we are are into the last few days before we shut down till opening again in April 2014.
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Good news, the two hives have survived the winter and prolonged cold spring and a large stripy queen in hive 1 is finally starting to produce brood.   The black queen in hive 2  prefers drones and not surprisingly, the workers are upset and have started a queen cell with a larva visibly floating in royal Jelly.  Let's hope it really is a supersedure female for making a new queen.

Redecorating and cleaning out cupboards for the start of the new season, which for us starts on the 2nd of April
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