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Barwhillanty Blog… Lockdown life!


Lockdown life here at Barwhillanty Estate has been busy… the restrictions have inspired innovation and opportunity in some areas of our business, whilst we have continued carefully in others.

Farming and forestry have carried on and with the fortunate nature of these businesses being self-isolating, we have managed to continue whilst exercising due care and respect for the cross-infection control of COVID-19. Without nurseries open, we have embraced family engagement as an education alternative for our little ones at home! They have been involved them with lambing, looking after our pet lambs as well as being great helpers feeding our deer. Being blessed with beautiful spring weather, lambing season has certainly been one of our better ‘businesses as usual’.

During quiet times for the holiday cottage side of the business, we have focused more of our time looking after our countryside; from litter picking walks with the children, to tidying up fields and forestry plantations. We are glad to start welcoming you back here, with our holiday cottages reopening from this weekend. The time to pause has allowed time to notice and appreciate nature, a positive outlook that we will be adopting for the future that will benefit and hopefully be appreciated by the wider community. We are delighted to be featured in Scottish Land and Estates recent LandBusiness magazine, highlighting our endeavours during lockdown.

As many of you may know, I was due to launch my exciting aerial yoga studio during lockdown, so instead, I have been offering online LIVE yoga classes on my Barwhillanty Estate Facebook page as a way of engaging with all you budding aerial yogis and beyond.

I have really enjoyed sharing my ‘Yin Yang’ style classes with you and hope they have provided some nourishment for your physical and mental wellbeing! I would love to hear what you thought and plan to offer more online classes as well as launching my outdoor ‘Come Rain or Shine’ classes here in the gardens, once some of the restrictions have eased in a few weeks time.

Stay tuned on my Facebook page for updates…

As a practising dentist, I have also been volunteering at Dumfries Urgent Care Centre, honoured to be part of such a positive, professional team and hopeful to have offered some help to those in need during these unprecedented times. It was a pleasure to be asked share my experience, which can be read here.

With dental practices being closed, I have also reached out to share some of my top tips for looking after your teeth at home, through the brilliant local publication, The Glenkens Gazette, and I have recently worked with Liz Earle Wellbeing to discuss what the oral microbiome is and why it matters.

My philosophy and passion is to promote awareness of the oral microbiome and empower you with knowledge to make lifestyle and dietary choices that impact the mouth, teeth and gums, as well as overall health, in a positive way. I would love you to join my journey of education and inspiration through my Instagram account @thelifestyledentist.


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