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Achinduin

Achinduin

17 August 2020 Yesterday, on another truly summer’s day, we drove to Achinduin to walk the south coast raised beach. We had done this is June but on a slightly different route. As we went between the houses, I realised how, as a northerner, I have not read more

Johnnie Mac and Marlene MacKinnon

Johnnie Mac and Marlene MacKinnon

16 August 2020 Cooler today. Still fine, but the heat in my study is bearable. Possibly our hottest walk ever yesterday. Biked to the heritage centre and walked to Balnagown, climbing down a very overgrown steep track to the raised beach. Backtracked to the wall at read more

Boreholes

Boreholes

15 August 2020 Another roasting day in the office. Great walk yesterday. A repeat with variations. The roads were flowing with cyclists again, but we went as far as the heritage centre and then walked into Balnagown, on to Connel’s croft, once notable boatbuilders of read more

The School Board

The School Board

14 August 2020 Yesterday it was so hot, we biked only as far as the church. I love writing that. Lismore—advanced heat. Let’s boast.  The island is like a velodrome. Bikes everywhere. Some wobbly, some racing and many with no idea that biking on the left read more

Pandemic management

Pandemic management

Thursday 13 August 2020 A day in Oban yesterday for maintenance: eyes and hair. This was my first visit since 19 March (the day before lockdown) when I went for a haircut and overdue eye test, but not before agonising about whether it was worth read more

Lismore, New Zealand

Lismore, New Zealand

Tuesday 11 August 2020 The featured image above is near Farewell Spit in the north of the south island, one of my favourite places. A FaceTime meeting with Helen of Mòr Media. A few years ago, when I was in search of a sliver of read more

The Heritage

The Heritage

Monday 10 August 2020 Another hot day. Trouble sleeping, so listened gripped to a dramatisation of three of New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield’s short stories. She’s the only writer Virginia Woolf praised highly and indeed wished she had written some of these poignant and finely-observed read more

Visitors

Visitors

Sunday 09 August 2020 Another scorcher. We cherish good weather as the thirsty cherish water. Yoga on the decking again. Next door, Strathlorn, is now a self-catering rental and this week’s renters are keen and competent paddleboarders. The house wasn’t there when we arrived in read more

Exquisite weather

Exquisite weather

Saturday 08 August 2020 An exquisite day. A heron is stealthily stalking the shore. A balletic bird and a frequent visitor. Since we came out of total lockdown in the middle of July, the roads and seas are busy as never before. Ships, kayaks, paddle read more

Lockdown Lismore

Lockdown Lismore

Lockdown Lismore How to live in a small community without committing any sort of crime, real or imagined. and How to be older without buying into the societal b*****cks around age. Welcome. I never knew how to be young, or middle-aged but … older … read more