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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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Olympians flock to the Hebrides…

That was my sis, on the phone.  You know, my twin sis – the one whose Birthday I always forget. Although we are separated by hundreds of thousands of miles we like to stay in touch via the baked-bean cans … Continue reading

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It’s stress… but not as you know it.

The Stressful Hebridean islands. I love shopping in the Hebrides.  It’s all part of the lifestyle. I was down at the Co, as we call it, standing third in line at the checkout having browsed the empty shelves and had … Continue reading

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I just took a shortcut through a field…

I lost your attention, didn’t I?  I didn’t post to my blog for a month… you got bored, and left me.  Sorry about that… let me try and win you back. I do have an excuse – Linda’s not been … Continue reading

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Phoenix takes flight…

Crashing onto a bookstand near you! Four parcels arrived this week, by three separate deliveries.  I – that live in an isolated house, on a lonely road; which dawdles through a remote Hebridean island  – get quite excited to see … Continue reading

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What your florist won’t tell you about Pampas Grass…

Is this Willies punt? Shortly after I met my wife (she wasn’t my wife when we met, of course, she was a complete stranger to me) we went on holiday to the Island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. I … Continue reading

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Lovely bit of Oak, that.

I quite like wood. And I’ve been interested in ‘medieval’  Oak-Framed houses since I was ten. I’ve always wanted to live in one; and now, in the late summer of my life, I’m racing to build one before my body … Continue reading

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Cabin Fever

I don’t know how the Innuit deal with it, but there comes a stage during a stormy winter on Islay when even the islanders get cabin fever …now, in late December, we’ve reached that stage. We’ve had our third storm … Continue reading

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