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 […]

Busy week!

It has been a bit of a busy week. We had to take advantage of the good weather over the Easter weekend and get the old turbine down, and the new turbine up. There was an anxious time while we waited for the wind to pick up again – had the wiring all been done […]

It is the relatively small things

When we first became the proud owners of our home in the Highlands, we bought it knowing full well that it was not on the electricity grid. To be honest, it was part of the attraction. We looked at the cost of getting it connected to the mains, but even back then (1997) we were […]

Autumn Sunshine

There has been a lot of work going on at Lockhart Towers, with a lot of dyeing being done for Ganseyfest in Inverness, early October. I have also been dyeing the lovely, sparkly laceweight in different shades to those already up on the website. Coming soon will be Lipstick, Silver, Crushed Blackberries, and a variation […]

More Power!

Today we had a quick trip across to the east coast for an important meet-up. We often travel across to Tain, in the east, to do our main shop of the month. If there was a competition for “supermarket car parks with the best view” this one would have to be up among the winners:


Dyeing, Knitting, and a bit of Admiring the View


The Fibre is up in the shop. I’m really enjoying the fibre dyeing again. I’ve had a bit of a break from it, but with encouragement from someone who’s opinion I value and who very kindly said she loved my dyed fibre, I decided to get back into it. So there it is. I […]

Stormy Week

It has been a fairly storm week here, and the weather was fairly stormy too! The weather took a turn for the worse on Thursday afternoon, when the noise in my workshop got to the point that I fled indoors for warmth and shelter. As it got darker and darker, the lightning and thunder began […]

Thank You!

I have been overwhelmed by the ripples of kindness, support and concern that have been sent my way over the last 24 hours. Thank you to everyone who has phoned, left comments, PM’d me on Ravelry, e-mailed me and DM’d me on Twitter. All your kind messages have made me feel so much better about […]

Best Laid Plans

It has been one of those days!

The club yarn was due to be posted this morning, but despite 3 days of drying it is still not dry enough to post. It was touch and go but in the end I decided it just wasn’t worth the risk of the yarn getting musty on it’s […]

Battoning down the roofing felt

Don’t worry, the yarn is safe, but we’ve had a bit of weather. Actually, we’ve had quite a lot of weather! The wind has been close to storm force (and at times a full gale) for some days now. Today it has been especially fierce, and we ran the risk of losing the felt that […]