Tag Archives: Scotland

…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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Stag in the Garden

I went to the Barber Shop in Lochgilphead, on the West coast of Scotland, and as I walked through the door the Barber – a Glaswegian in her forties who doesn’t suffer fools gladly called out: It’s appointments only on a … 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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Beginners luck…

So we nipped over to Jura yesterday to do some Twitching, as we birders call it. Regular readers of this blog – and I’m proud to see that there is one – will remember that we’ve only just returned from a few … 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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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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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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