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…are you knackered, Justin?

There can only be one of two reasons for Yachting Monthly – Britain’s favourite boaty mag – choosing to publish a 700 word excerpt from Canvas Flying, Seagulls Crying: the first is that they thought it was bloody brilliant; the second, more … Continue reading

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…thanks, Dr. Sandy

I went on a walk four years ago when we were living in the Hebrides which bloody nearly killed me. Mentally, I’m not quite over it yet. The difference between walking in the Hebrides and walking in, say, Cornwall – … Continue reading

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Video: This is crogging…

There are a number of farming expressions here in the Hebrides not in national use – though they deserve to be. One of them is Crogging. A Crogger is someone who catches sheep in a pen and hands them to … Continue reading

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Pass in the night…

Linda wasn’t up to a voyage, so Mr Chesworth came up along, instead. We left Lagavulin at six one morning, sails up – no engine – and wafted silently out of the harbour. I looked back often at our Hebridean … Continue reading

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Fair exchange is no robbery…

When you live on a remote Scottish island you have to lie to friends so they’ll come to visit you for a holiday.’Oh! Well that’s kind of you …but we were thinking of going somewhere hot.’ they say. ‘The island … Continue reading

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Something fishy in our water…

  There’s something funny happening to the frogs in our pond. I mean, I wouldn’t mind – but that’s our drinking water, that is. Fifty of the buggers – dead. A couple of years ago I sent one off to … Continue reading

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Holiday of a lifetime…?

Last year we accidentally spent an evening in a caravan park entertainment facility in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, where static caravans – thousands of the buggers, all in rows – are let by the week …those which are not cherished second-homes. … Continue reading

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For people who love the sea, at Christmas…

Earlier in the year one of the Whisky Distilleries here on the Isle of Islay had an open day and invited me to be one of their attractions: they suggested I park my sailing boat at their pier, invite their guests … Continue reading

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Hebridean Bandit in the house.

When I woke up this morning there was a ferret in the house – well, what I thought was a ferret. Yesterday there was one outside the window – for about an hour. Even so you couldn’t get a good view … Continue reading

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Blind helping the blind.

On a walk, if there are no hares to chase, Scooter amuses himself by provoking bulls and then stands behind me for protection when things turn nasty. I’ve saved him from drowning; stopped him from trying to eat an Adder, … Continue reading

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