Today’s Auchterarder Adventure has been to Urquhart’s on the High Street. The place of many a visit when things go wrong in the house or when your garden needs a bit of a lift.
James Urquhart Ironmongers has been in the High Street of Auchterarder since the early 1900s, with an ironmonger’s shop on the site for much longer than that. This family run business supplies items for the house and garden including paint, pet supplies, kitchen knives, vegetable seeds, garden tools, electrics and so much more.
The beauty of this traditional Ironmongers is that you can go into the shop, tell them what has gone wrong and often they will be able to tell you what you need and supply it there and then.
My most recent phone call to them was when I set up the home office and realised the wifi wasn’t strong enough to reach through the walls. Did they stock ethernet cables? Yes they did, did they have a cable about 25ft long, yes they did. One quick journey to the shop and I was back online, all within 20 minutes.
Flowers for the garden that all I have to do is put them in, water and leave them, no problem. Send my daughter to the shop for paint in the shade “peely wally pink” they knew exactly what I meant.
Urquharts is an Aladdin’s cave of bulbs, screws, hooks, plates, brushes etc. Well worth a visit to see just what they stock and find out what you need.
The Auchterarder Adventure today is a visit to Aberuthven to check in at The Village Shop. Only open a few months Claire and Stewart have made big changes already as they fine tune the shop to the requirements of local customers.
Today’s adventure started when I realised that I had just used the last of the milk and as there are two of us at the moment who drink a lot of tea, this could have been a bit of a disaster. In recent times, this would have necessitated a journey into Auchterarder from Aberuthven for something that costs less than a pound.
Now that there is The Village Shop I could happily walk in the sunshine less than 500yds and be able to purchase the required fresh milk. Amazing how something so simple can make such a huge difference.
On arrival, I was met with a completely rearranged shop which I have to say stopped me in my tracks. With a fantastic cold bar for sandwich and baked potato fillings along with hotplates to supply breakfast rolls the shop is making stopping for a snack a very easy option.
I however was very good and got myself the required milk and half a dozen eggs, pancakes anyone?
Why not drop in and see the shop for yourself, if nothing else they have a coffee machine which is great for getting a pick me up for a morning drive.
Today’s Auchterarder Adventure was to the Red Cross shop at the top of the High Street. The shop is well known locally for the skills of the staff and their eye catching window displays. We thought this would be a good place to start the Auchterarder Adventures as they are so involved in helping those who have been affected by recent events.
As you may have noticed if you have been following the news recently, the Red Cross have been brought in to help with recent tragedies around the country and you can help from the comfort of your own local branch.
Did you know that if you donate items to the Red Cross that you can specify where any money from the sale of those items goes? For example, at the moment there are funds for those involved in the Manchester attack, the Grenfell Tower tragedy, refugees, famine victims etc. This request will be noted on all the items that you donate so that when someone is shopping in the store they can see where the money they pay will be going. Gift Aid of course is available so that the Red Cross gets the tax rather than the Government, always a good thing.
The shop in Auchterarder is well supported with local donations, so much so that they are able to help other shops with stock if required. It is amazing to see the magic the staff perform with such a small area in the back of the shop. With ladies, gents and children’s clothing alongside household goods, books and dvds, the shop is a complete treasure trove. There is even a changing room so you can be sure something you are looking at is the correct fit.
Why not stop by and have a look round, donate some items or even volunteer to give some of your time to helping keep the shop running smoothly?
Started in April 2017 as an extension of the Lang Toon Times and Auchterarder.net group, Auchterarder Business Network was set up to help local businesses in the Auchterarder and surrounding areas get to know each other and promote Auchterarder as a great place to do business.
As the town continues to grow and prosper there are many business men and women moving into the area. What better way to introduce those business people to the business people already established in the area than to have them meet on a regular basis? With a website here and Facebook Page here you will easily be able to keep up with business happenings in the area.
To ensure as many businesses as possible benefited from the Network it was decided that events would be held at different times of the day and in different venues. Thus, allowing as many people as possible to attend and helping local venues become better known to the business community.
The first meeting is to be held on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 7.30am in Corbie and Cheip in Auchterarder High Street. The meeting in June will be in Bianco Bistro and will be an early evening event.
Today was sunny which is always a good thing here in Scotland. So, when Corbie and Cheip tweeted that they had their new ice cream in the shop, it seemed the perfect idea for elevenses.
The ice cream is supplied by Jannettas Gelateria. Based in St. Andrews, Jannettas has been producing their much loved premium Gelato for four generations now. Made on the premises using traditional Italian artisan machinery by their skilled Gelato makers this is award winning ice cream.
There were three flavours available at Corbie and Cheip today, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ripple. I chose vanilla as it is always the best to check out the quality of any ice cream. I was certainly not disappointed.
With a smooth texture and full creamy flavour what made this ice cream exceptional is the lack of a cloying aftertaste. A sure sign the ice cream is made using more traditional methods and quality ingredients. Not only that, as can be seen by the pictures, the ice cream wasn’t only balanced on the top of the cone, it went down to ensure enjoyment of the cone as well as the ice cream.
With a basic cone costing only £1.80 on a par with the Jannettas shop in St Andrews this is definitely worth remembering on hot days.
This afternoon Innerpeffray Library hosted an event called “Poetry and Place” with poets Jim Mackintosh and Jon Plunkett. The event coincided with a chance to see some poetry pillars that form part of the Corbenic Path created by Jon Plunkett.
Having never been to a poetry reading or the library before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. After a, less than 20-minute drive in the spring sunshine I arrived at the library car park. A short walk along a grassy path brought me to the first of the poetry pillars which had a few thoughtful words.
As I progressed towards the library there were another couple of pillars again with short poems on them, bringing you gently into the poetry mindset.
On arrival at the library I went into the wrong room initially however, I am so glad I did as it gave me time to chat with the gentleman there who understood completely my awestruck look when I first saw the books.
Upstairs quietly to the room where the poetry reading was already underway, I hovered outside the door until the end of the poem being read. As the applause started the Keeper of the Books ushered me in to the room where it was standing room only by then.
Jim and Jon were each reading their poems a few at a time, using the theme of Place in a loose fashion to bind them all together.
Having never been to a poetry reading before I was unsure what to expect after my first experience I can truthfully say I would happily go to more. It was so enjoyable to have the poets read their own words in the way they were intended and let you understand what they were thinking as they wrote.
Thanks must go to all concerned for organising such an enjoyable event and I look forward to many more.
Today started out like any other day, LTT muttering at the computer and drinking tea. Presuming it was going to be a quiet day I sauntered off to my corner and settled down for a nap. The nap however was sort lived, no sooner had I got myself comfortable than LTT was up and gathering her things together.
“Come on Doogie, you get to come with me this time”
I don’t know if you remember but the last time I got taken anywhere I ended up on a train for hours and ended up in London. This travelling thing is not always a good idea I don’t think. Not that it matters because if I dawdle she just picks me up and puts me in the car anyway.
The journey this time was mercifully short and smooth. LTT got out of the car and came round to the other side to collect me. We weren’t in the countryside that’s for sure, we were in the town, the town of Auchterarder to be precise.
“Now Doogie, if you promise to behave I will see if Anne can organise a treat for you”
Treats? Now that is the very word to make the Perthshire Pooch behave like a gentleman. I trotted along beside LTT until we got to a doorway. The doorway had a water bowl and a doggy parking sign. “I shall leave you parked here for now and as long as you behave I will bring you out some treats” says she as she goes inside.
Corbie & Cheip in Auchterarder may well be my new favourite shop. Not only did I get petted lots I also got some home made doggie porridge. Can you believe it, porridge all to myself, made especially for dogs? I may have been less than gentleman like as I wolfed it down, don’t want any passing mutts getting my treats.
After such a feast I settled down for a small nap in the sunshine while LTT was still inside drinking more tea.
Eventually she came out ready to go home. I gave her my best Doogie smile and looked just as cute as I could as I spied Anne behind her. My cuteness must have worked because Anne handed LTT a small bag. “I’ve put some doggie treats in the bag for Doogie to try, let me know if he likes them”.
I can now confirm that Doogie really likes those treats and will not be dawdling the next time we are headed out. Who knows what nice things I may get the next time, I am certainly hoping for some more doggie porridge.
Previously published at www.perthshirepooch.co.uk
P1W from The Community School of Auchterarder were out and about today to collect their Valentines hearts.
The class had decorated hearts which have been displayed in the window of Corbie and Cheip for the last couple of weeks. Today the class headed back to the shop to collect the hearts so they could take them home to their families in time for Valentines Day.
“Last year with P3, Corbie and Cheip helped us with the growing project, this year with P1 it is great to still be able to link with the shop and have the children so enthusiastic.” Miss Wallace said as the children were tempted by oat and honey biscuits.
It was great to see such enthusiasm from both the children and Anne and Max from Corbie and Cheip. Primary 1 at The Community School of Auchterarder have been excelling themselves with community involvement recently. Long may it last.
Today I visited Maries Little Cake Shop in the High Street of Auchterarder. Marie had kindly offered to be an outlet for the print edition of Lang Toon Times and as I had never visited the shop it was a good opportunity to catch up.
At this point I have to confess, I haven’t watched Bake Off. Which I know some will find unusual however, it means I went into Maries with no preconceptions which was good, I think anyway.
Marie was happy to let me take photos and explained that some of the display cakes were from Bake Off, others were speciality cakes made since then. With macarons, cupcakes, confectionery and the possibility of afternoon tea there was a much wider selection available than I had originally expected.
After taking the photographs I noticed the tasting trays on the shop counter, there were quite a few to choose from, one of which was home made tablet.
Well if I thought I was done with the keep fit, I was wrong, that tablet is delicious and melts in the mouth. I have a feeling after the number of pieces I ate from the tasting tray and the bag I bought that I may have to get back to fitness training sooner rather than later.
Sweet treats abound and Marie is more than happy to discuss any speciality cakes you may be looking for. See pictured the cake made on a fishing theme, who knew you could have such realistic looking edible fishing tackle.
It seems my lack of Bake Off knowledge was no hinderance to my appreciation of delicious tablet and the obvious skills on display in the shop. Whether you are a Bake Off fan or just appreciate good baking then you should pop in to Maries and indulge yourself.
Living in a rural area it is normal for many of the youngsters to start driving lessons as soon as possible. Here we have a list of 5 important things to remember when this happens. It will be worth it in the end.
- Don’t try to teach them yourself, unless you are a qualified driving instructor. Even then, every suggestion you make to improve their driving skills will be seen as a personal slight and nerves will fray. Your nerves especially as you wonder how you will get back to safety without your car hitting a kerb/wall/other car.
- Prepare for mood swings before and after any driving lesson as they initially think they are the next Lewis Hamilton then find out they are more like Mr Bean. The computer system that was obviously flawed if they fail their theory and the simplicity of same computer system if they pass.
- Try to avoid insuring your child for the family car initially unless you want to be permanently attached to your car keys 24/7. Remember the sullen friend with the tattoos, piercings and driving licence? They could now be classed as the responsible driver that allows your teen to take out the car without you. How about your sleep pattern now?
- Plan for failure. If your teen fails their driving test, does their instructor have any appointments to keep up their skills as they wait for another test date? If there are no driving lessons available immediately you may be looking at hiring a dual control car for a further test. Make sure to hire it for a few hours before the test so your teen can get a feel for this strange car. You will probably be the responsible driver in this instance, be circumspect in your comments, they are probably nervous enough already.
- Remember why you are going through this. No more “Mums Taxi”, no more picking up and dropping off at ridiculous hours for various ridiculous reasons. Welcome the new phrase in your vocabulary – While you are out could you just get me …… No more running around for that pint of milk or loaf of bread. You now have the equivalent of a personal online shopping service available through your phone, allowing you to send your requirements for delivery within an agreed timescale. Enjoy