It’s the end of an era for popular local compere and personality Joe Wishart!
After six years as the tenant of the old schoolhouse at Logie - known affectionately as ‘The Mud Hut’, Joe is moving on to pastures new.
Joe told the Review: “I’ve always known that the National Trust for Scotland intended to sell the property, so I knew I had to make the most of my time here, and I certainly have!
“I have travelled right about the county giving talks about ‘The Mud House’ and inviting people back for afternoon tea, with my renowned Victoria sponge or a lunch, or a Christmas evening with mulled wine and mince-pies, so most people have been able not only to see what a great restoration the NTS has done, but enjoy Logie with me.”
Joe had a connection with the building in years gone by, when he was a child and attended church services there.
The house is to be placed on the market for sale soon whilst Joe is moving to the East Lodge at the House of Dun, as the National Trust want to keep him as a tenant.
Joe continued: “I have had a wonderful time here, and am so glad to have shared Logie with so many people, and I have to thank them all for their generosity over the years.”
It turns out that there will be no room at the East Lodge for cream teas, so before Joe leaves Logie he will have one last ‘Hurrah’.
He is going to host a daffodil tea over the Easter weekend, offering tea and cake on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to raise funds for the Marie Curie nurses.
Joe cheerfully claims the field opposite the old schoolhouse has been planted with daffodils especially!
He concluded: “So please make a note in your diary and come out and join me as I say cheerio to Logie!”
In 2009, as a result of the NTS having restored the building, saving it from dereliction, it won a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award, one of the highest building conservation awards in Europe.
Judges said they had been impressed by the use of traditional materials and skills used in the £390,000 restoration project. Although it is called a mud house, the property is actually made from straw and clay, and is one of the most complete surviving examples of a mudwall building in Scotland.