Thursday, June 15 2017

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 of 14 we decided to give her  […]

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Monday, November 21 2016

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 and find something, albeit  […]

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Tuesday, April 21 2015

Monday Walks


I know I've said this before, but being self employed means that if the weather is absolutely glorious it is a crime not to take advantage of it, sneak off for a good walk, and then catch up with work when the weather isn't too good.  And, with snow and cold weather forecast for next week, we  […]

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Saturday, November 15 2014

Autumn Light


At this time of year, on sunny days, the light can be fabulous.  Taking time to appreciate the light really can help on driegh days when everything seems grey and miserable.Lexie has been pretty poorly this week, so Peggy and I were on our own today when we took to the hills for a short walk.  The  […]

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Sunday, August 24 2014

Sunday Walks


Peggy and I were on our own today for our Sunday Walk.  We headed up to one of my favourite lochs (currently nameless on most maps that we've found), and then headed along the top of the hills to Lexie's Loch.  After what feels like days (and nights) of rain, the ground was pretty soggy underfoot,  […]

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Sunday, August 3 2014

Summer in Assynt


We have had cracking summer weather this year.  Even the dreaded midge has been relatively well behaved and have only proved irritating on a few occasions.   While Lexie is much much better, we still have to be cautious where we walk her, and so many of our walks have taken us down to Stoer beach  […]

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Monday, June 9 2014

Glorious June


This is a very special time of year in Assynt.  The flora really begin to come into their own, and if you're lucky as we have been this year, you get an extra special display of wild flowers in June.  During May we were treated to a bumper crop of primroses  before the numerous bluebells and tiny  […]

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Monday, December 30 2013

Easy Walking


We have had so much rain over the last few weeks that the hills are a little, ummmmm, slushy!  So we decided to make it easy on ourselves and on Peggy and Lexie and we headed for the Little Assynt All Abilities Path near Lochinver for a stroll.  The path network is surrounded by high anti-deer  […]

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Friday, April 12 2013

Quiet, but Busy!


I'm sorry it has been so quiet on the blogging front.  It doesn't mean that nothing has been happening at Lockhart Towers - quite the opposite.  It has been an extremely productive week.  I have been busy in the dye shed producing stock in both new and old colours.  But more of that later.We have  […]

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Saturday, November 17 2012

Almost time to pack my bags again

This evening I head back to Scotland.  I have had a wonderful time in Australia with my family and of course I'll be so sad to leave, but I'm heading home which is always welcome.  I know there will be Stevan, 2 dogs and 5 hens that will be pleased to have me home.Yesterday Sheena and I took a  […]

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Sunday, October 21 2012

Home again .... briefly!

 Glasgow School of Yarn is over for another year.  Once again it was a lovely, friendly and fun event.  I'm sorry - I was extremely lax in taking photographs ... mind you I had a good excuse - it was pretty busy!  So the above photograph was taken before the event opened to the public.  But it was  […]

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Sunday, September 2 2012

Guest Post

[caption id="attachment_5619" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Self Portrait[/caption]Hello!  Lexie here.  Normally the post on this day of the week would be entitled "Sunday Walks" but my boss was a little preoccupied today and didn't have time for a Sunday  […]

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Saturday, August 18 2012

Small Rewards

It has been a week of paperwork at Lockhart Towers.  I have a busy few months ahead so I decided that I really needed to get up to date with everything and also try and get in our tax returns well ahead of schedule as I always feel they are hanging over me while they remain undone.  By Friday  […]

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Sunday, August 12 2012

Visiting Friends, Old and New

It has been a busy couple of days, with visitors, Assynt Games Day and the opportunity to revisit old haunts.Friday was Assynt Games Day.  I've not been able to go for a few years as I've either been working in the Tourist Office or I've been away at shows.  So it was delightful to be here this year  […]

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Sunday, June 10 2012

This 'n That

I have been dyeing from dawn to dusk for the past few days in preparation for two events coming up over the next 2 weeks.  The first event is a new one for me, and for the organisers, Karelia House near Aberfeldy.  I met Shirley, who started up Karelia House, at the Perth knitting show a couple of  […]

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Friday, May 25 2012

Hot, hot, hot

As I mentioned in my last post, we have been experiencing really, really hot weather.  When I looked this morning at about 8.30 the outdoor thermometer was showing 30 degrees, although this was in direct sun.  Working in the workshop was hard work.  Not only were there hot pots and burners going  […]

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Saturday, April 7 2012

Coming up for a quick breath

It has been a hectic couple of weeks, getting ready for the Trunk Show at A Fine Yarn in Darlington next Friday and Saturday, 13th and 14th April, after which I head straight to the Rheged Centre in Penrith for the World of Wool event taking place there.  I have been dyeing, drying, twisting,  […]

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Friday, February 3 2012

Expectant Terrier

Not expectant as in expecting little terriers:But expectant in terms of expecting her boss to feed her apple!It is not often that she sits still long enough to have a proper portrait taken of her, but you can work wonders with a bit of sweet apple.  However such hard concentration means a terrier  […]

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Monday, December 26 2011

Christmas Gifts

Should keep them busy for a day or two.

Sunday, November 6 2011

An old favourite

Lexie's Loch has been mentioned so many times on this blog - with good cause.  It is my favourite.  It was probably the first loch which we found when staying in this area on holiday more than 15 years ago.  Today the dogs and I paid another visit to this loch, approaching it by a little glen which  […]

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