That Moment of Stillness

I heard someone on the radio today describe the period between Christmas and New year as that “little moment of stillness”. And so it is. The mad rush of Christmas is over (did you really need all that food/last minute shopping/that extra packet of biscuits/the partridge?!) and the Hogmanay celebration is yet to come. […]

How it has changed – Clachtoll Broch

Back in the summer, in July, work began on Clachtoll Broch. The plan was to stabilise the broch as much as possible and clear the rubble that had been created during what was considered to be a catastrophic event not long after the broch was built and which had resulted in the inward collapse of […]

Helloooooooo (anybody here?)

My poor blog – it has been very neglected. Will anybody even read this, I wonder. Summer has been very busy with a mix of shows and events and my focus for social media has been Twitter and Instagram – quick to leave a quick comment, and the 2 platforms seem to be well used. […]

Little Assynt

It has been a grim few weeks in the UK, and one has to be careful not to let events overwhelm. Self care is vital, and for us that includes leaving the laptops at home and heading out for walks. We did a long, rough walk on Sunday, and as Peggy is the respectable age […]

The Scenic Route

Yesterday was Optician day – a day I always dread, not only because of the likely expense of new glasses, but because of the actual test itself. We have a lovely optician, Margaret in Ullapool. She is so thorough, and fortunately has a good sense of humour as for some reason I always get […]

Winter Sunshine

We have had a fabulous few days this week, where we have been treated to wall to wall blue, sunny skies, and although it was cold we enjoyed taking advantage of the weather and getting out for some walking. As I’ve mentioned before, one of the biggest advantages of being independent and running your […]

Clearing the Mind

I doubt anyone could deny that 2016 has thrown some real stinkers at the world. It has been quite a year. Sometimes we just need to step back, take a deep breath, and decide what we want to focus on. Do we want to constantly seek out the negative or do we want to try […]

Deer Hunting

Before you leave the blog in disgust thinking I’m talking about deer hunting with rifles, let me put your mind at rest. This is deer hunting with cameras only! At this time of year the rut starts, and as a result it is quite common to see one large stag with a harem of […]

Waste Not, Want Not

Most days we do a walk down to Stoer beach. Now that Lexie is getting on and is less mobile than she used to be, walks up into the hills are not as easy for her as they once were, so we stick to a walk that keeps her on a good surfaced road rather […]

The Off Grid Life

I apologise in advance for the lack of pretty photographs in this blog entry, but there has been some interest in what it is like for us living off grid, so I decided to put down a few thoughts, and as photographs showing our system are few and far between, and unless you have […]