Sunday, 14 January 2018

Just a glimpse of Harris and Lewis but mainly of Harris


 We went in November with some friends for a week to Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It was wonderful. The incredible light. Low lying sun. Deep contrasts of light and shade. Weather in the extreme. Biting wind, rainbows and a landscape that changed continually. Surrounded by sea it was beautiful. Harris is beyond lovely.
And they distil rather a nice gin too!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

testing picture size

I've wanted to change my blog for sometime, without having to start a new one. Just experimenting with a bit of code to adjust the picture size. Original size is much too big while  the  x-large size option isn't big enough. I want a simpler looking blog with fewer columns and pictures that fill the whole post area. I've debated with myself for ages about whether I should stop blogging all together. But I begin to miss it after a time and while I don't have an enormous following, if any, at least three  people have said they miss it too! So here we go again.....but no promises for how long! This picture is from my mobile phone so not brilliant quality. I shows one of the bedrooms upstairs.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Smouldering

One of the loveliest mountains in the north west Highlands is on fire. A wild fire started last week and a large area between Lochinver and Suilven went up in flames. I'm not sure how it started but it has been very dry here. The fire is under control now but one side of Suilven is still burning. I took a trip out yesterday afternoon. I did a full circle around Suilven on mainly single track roads. It is such a beautiful part of the world, and so quiet. The smell of smoke combined with the coconut scent of gorse hung in the air. They made a film last year Edie. It hasn't been released yet. It stars Shelia Hancock who plays a grumpy old lady who fulfils an ambition to climb a mountain in the north of Scotland. It isn't the highest of mountains but it's a steep climb to the top and it's sad it's on fire. It will burn its self out and no doubt recover.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

I have been busy!

Spring has arrived....just
but some days it doesn't feel like it!

This tiny little shop 'The Old Ferry Craft Co-Op' in Kylesku has agreed to stock my cards.
so, I've been busy making boxes. The theme of this set is 'Passing Places' More people are coming up to this beautiful little corner to drive the North Coast 500 and there are many single track roads to negotiate on the way
I've decided to knit face cloths. They are very similar to dish cloths! But I wanted a change. I need to design a wrapper for them....I think you could use them as dishcloths too!
Robin came for Easter. It was lovely and sometimes the sun shone!
We sat outside the pub in Ullapool, almost warm in the sun, and watched the last ferry of the day slip its moorings and sail over to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides
                        

Monday, 27 March 2017

Home from London

I've been in London, visiting family, friends, shopping and playing with a new phone! A lot of playing. I can't stop picking it up. I'm half terrified and half fascinated at all the wonderful things it can do. I've never had a smartphone. It's much smarter than I am. Jo and I on a cold platform waiting for the train. We'd been to Ikea at Croydon. I've never been to Ikea without a car! We didn't buy any flat packed furniture.
David Hockney at the Tate was absolutely brilliant and amazing and inspirational
Now I'm home again and this morning I took my phone to the bottom of the garden...I did think about using google maps to get down there but thought that might be a bit excessive..! Our little house still holds on, waiting for a new roof and some TLC.
After all the hustle and bustle of London and awful events of last week it was a joy to sink into the peace and quiet and abundance of overgrown wilderness, tumble down trees, rocks and seaweed  at the end of the garden
An abandoned caravan. It belonged to a lovely lady who used to use it as her bathing hut. Sadly she is no longer with us and the mice have moved in and others by the look of it who enjoy a wee dram!
Another little house like ours. They're dotted about the highlands, simple and robust  constructed  using local stone. There will never be a shortage of stone here.
These rocks at the bottom of a our garden on the shore have the most beautiful iridescent colours. The tide comes in and covers them twice a day
This tree bleached by the weather is completely white. It's a work or art to be walked around and enjoyed
And,that is just what me and my smart phone did!


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