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Winter sun, potholes, milk bottles, WWII in a walk to the lighthouse

Winter sun, potholes, milk bottles, WWII in a walk to the lighthouse

3 January 2021 The wonderful weather is continuing. Outside is the new inside, exercising the new slumping and slouching. Wherever we go, we meet folk loving the winter sun. And of course we rhapsodise to each other about how lucky we are to live in read more

New Year’s Day, a swim and yoga

New Year’s Day, a swim and yoga

We may be in Level Four and to all intents and purposes locked-down, but this day has started perfectly. No wind, the tide exactly right, only decorative clouds, and the sun fully lighting our world just after nine. Normally we would be starting a day read more

Lismore Ferries, the new book, plums

Lismore Ferries, the new book, plums

27 August 2020 A dreich day when they promised better. A woman came to the door needing a lift to Balure where she had left her mainland car keys. We have all done that. Nothing worse than getting to the ferry and remembering your other car keys read more

Hares, rubbish broadband, lost financial probity

Hares, rubbish broadband, lost financial probity

26 August 2020 Amy is here cleaning my shiny surfaces. As I type I hear soothing sounds with the odd squeak as she cleans the windows outside. Music as good as Bach. She arrived on her bike in the rain clasping her bucket and pole. read more

COVID-19 Exhibition, Big Noise Scotland, Big noise Lismore

COVID-19 Exhibition, Big Noise Scotland, Big noise Lismore

24 August 2020 The sea is silky, shadowed and inviting, the sky dappled with non-threatening clouds. Alas, Storm Francis is battering its way north. It’s early to name storms. Biked to the museum yesterday on bike-busy roads. Plenty of wandering cyclists plus a large family read more

North end ferry Crisis

North end ferry Crisis

21 August 2020 Our prescription crisis is rumbling on. No solution in sight. Yet. But we hope there will be. Several people are working ‘behind the scenes’ dealing with ferrymen’s concerns, privacy issues, as well as what ifs re theft. The latest news is the read more

Bernera prescriptions and fuel

Bernera prescriptions and fuel

20 August 2020 The wind is back. Torrential rain in the night. Yesterday was a great day for a walk to Bernera Island fully described in walk section. It lies off the south-west coast, so you need to know the tides. Two hours before low water read more

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