Autumn has arrived !

Posted on 15th October, 2018

Lewes Castle Grounds, Stornoway

We are still getting some beautiful days in amongst the rain and storms but now that the nights are drawing in, I’m sure you are lighting more candles than you did in the summer months and hopefully you’re not experiencing any power cuts!

The leaves are falling off the trees in Stornoway and the castle grounds are looking lovely.

Unfortunately, the stag has visited our garden and the few small trees that we did have, have been stripped of leaves and bark as he has been rubbing his antlers.


If you are using more candles, its always good to remember the basics of candle care so that you get the most out of them. 

I was with a group last week at the Orbit Agency and some of them weren’t aware of the importance of candle care and so I thought I would share a few of the suggestions with you.


The first time you light your candle, it is best to let it burn for at least 3 hours. This means that each time you light it after this, the wax won’t tunnel around the edges of the container.


Not every one realises the importance of trimming the wick each time before you light the candle to approx 1/4 inch. This causes the candle to burn more evenly and prolongs the life of the candle and prevents the flame becoming smoky.


If you have candles in glasses, especially the 3 wick ones, don’t let the wax drop below 5mm from the bottom of the glass as it can get very hot if left to burn right down and there is a risk of the glass cracking.


Just a reminder to keep candles away from children and pets. With the soya candles, the wax gets very hot whilst its lit and once extinguished, will need to cool down before being moved.


Talking of fire, bonfire night is on the horizon and I know that here in Uig, our community bonfire is on Friday 2nd November. Last year it was a lovely event and its great to support the community. You never know what you might win in the raffle!


I have just started to think about making a Christmas cake for this year and if any of you have a good recipe you would like to share, I’d love to see it. You could post it in the comments below.




Beautiful sunrise over Loch Roag




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