Autumn Obsession

They say Autumn Looks Best in Moray. They aren't wrong. Autumn at Logie is my absolute favourite time of year. We might have shouldered, heads down, through a particularly damp October, but Autumn is wonderful nonetheless. And on generously-lit days we exist in a world of colour. In this photoshopped internet age, our eyes are so overloaded that there are days where you can't quite believe that reality could be this audaciously gaudy. 

Having grown up in the mild, damp air of the South West of England, where spring and summer are celebrated with a riot of new life and hedgerows bursting with flowers at every turn, I hadn't really appreciated the beauty of Autumn until I moved here seven years ago. We left on a damp, muddy Cornish day, with water running down the lanes and mist lying low in the valley. We arrived a day later, finally greeted by Logie's tree-lined drive where every tree - leaf even - displayed a different shade of Autumn and I was immediately hooked on my new favourite season.

Logie Steading autumn

Autumn inspires me at every turn. Simply, it puts a smile on my face. Even the view through the office window is Autumn Red.

autumn red out of the office window

Going for a walk, especially along the river paths, is bliss, but even being outside doing muddy jobs is now something to savour. To the extent that it takes me twice as long to get anything done because I suddenly have to photograph every tree with sun shining through it, or stoop collect an interesting leaf. This is the time to stand and stare. 

autumn tree

I can't resist bringing a bit of the beautiful things I find outside in. I've stuck some raucous leaves and berries in a jug (see above), and even done craft projects with the children after they too brought bucket-loads of colourful leaves and twigs into the house.

junos autumn leaves collection

No, I'm not at all 'crafty' - I'll leave that blog to the expert Jude, but here's a couple of our attempts!

The hedgehog is simply a bit of cardboard cut into an oval with a point at one end and some leaves stuck on for spikes. We had a googly eye sticker but you could just use a button or a felt tip - as for his nose. Max (6) is pretty pleased with him!

autumn craft leaf hedgehog

This simple leaf wreath is just a paper plate with a hole cut in the middle and leaves glued around with PVA. We later tied a ribbon through the hole and hung it up as a decoration. Neither of these crafts will be long-term keepers but they were fun to do and have given us several days of pleasure and will probably remain on the pin-board, shedding leaves/spikes for a while yet.

autumn craft leaf wreath

So there you have it, my obsession with all things Autumn. If you're thinking of coming down to Logie Steading for a browse or a walk, the colours are wonderful just now. The scene changes almost daily and the difference is noticeable from a week ago. 

Thanks for reading this far. Jo.

Coming up from today onwards, we have a week of blogs from the people all around Logie, giving their own take on Autumn. We start tomorrow with a blog about why leaves turn these magnificent colours in Autumn, from Logie House Gardener, Panny Laing. Enjoy!

autumn logie house garden

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Autumn Obsession

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.