We are now in the peak of summer and the best time for viewing the magnificent fiery sunsets on the decking or in the hot tub at Dundream, as the sun sets behind the Mull of Kintyre.
And that’s not the end of these delights, as the sky then turns many shades of pink and violet with the majestic peaks of Arran and Ailsa Craig still visible.
Then the twinkling ferries and small fishing boats appear in the Irish sea and occasionally a luxury cruise liner can be spotted slowly working its way down the Firth of Clyde on route to some far off lands.
At this time of night, I love the fresh sea air breezes and my bare feet on the wooden decking, capturing a sense of freedom and being at one with nature when no-one else is about.
At early dawn, the sun rises over the Glenapp hills and the birds in the garden start chattering, busy feeding their young. The swallows dart and dive, as the fly to and fro to their nests in the eaves, viewed from the luxury of my bed! If up early one can catch from the window, views of the sheep with their lambs and cows and calves, all busy eating the lush green grass, as if time was running out.
The eco hot tub is best enjoyed late at night or early in the morning, when the only spectators are the sheep who appear to enjoy the company with their nostrils twitching, sniffing the air, as the fire and smoke crackles out from the chimney.
The views from the hot tub are meditative any time of day, with the added luxury of freshly picked sprigs of rosemary and lavender, infused in the warm water, along with a few drops of geranium and cedar wood essential oil. Bliss!