At the age of twenty-two the author cut short her nursing career in Edinburgh to marry, against enormous family pressure, the charismatic Euan Macpherson, her psychology tutor and twenty years her senior. Not long after, Euan inherited the family estate of Glentruim in Badenoch and Sandra Macpherson found herself the lady of a large and dilapidated manor. Despite an extraordinarily frosty reception by the staff of the house and other members of the Macpherson clan, who considered her too young to take on the role of lady of the house, Sandra rose to the challenge. This is her engaging and entertaining account of life at Glentruim, in an isolated and often harsh environment where the family were often snowed in for weeks at a time with no electricity or telephone. She describes the hardships of life - the struggle to keep human and animal inhabitants fed through the winter, and to meet the costs of maintaining the house and estate - but also the pleasure she and her two children took amid such natural beauty teeming with wildlife. With vivacity and humour she describes the various characters of the Glentruim community - teachers, doctors, ghillies and poachers - the events and drama
Sandra Macpherson was born in Perthshire and trained as a registered nurse. She lives in Edinburgh and is a regular player in the Really Terrible Orchestra.
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