Sunday, December 13 2015

Introducing .........


Canisp - a visiting yarn in the Ripples Crafts fold.[caption id="attachment_8544" align="aligncenter" width="772"] Fresh Grass[/caption]Canisp is a 4ply yarn, and the fibre content is 70% Merino, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere and comes in a 100g hank.  Each hank contains  […]

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Saturday, January 11 2014

Beach Walks


We were back on Stoer beach this week.  Once again the tide was low, and the beach was showing off its colours, so I had some fun with my camera.  Stoer beach has a history of constantly changing from being completely covered in sand to being completely pebbly. As storms come and go, so the beach  […]

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Sunday, November 10 2013

Sunday Walks


We have had the full gamut of weather this past week.  Hail, rain, wind, sunshine, sunshine and showers, and snow (on the tops).  But today was absolutely still, and frosty, and cold.  Perfect for a Sunday walk.  But before we could head off, Stevan had to do some checking of the turbine as we are  […]

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Sunday, August 4 2013

Sunday Walks


With a refreshing breeze blowing today, our walk was a pleasure.  It was our first "proper" walk together since Stevan had his thumb operation, and while the pumping blood caused him quite a bit of discomfort he managed well, and got some cracking photographs.  The hills are looking  […]

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Saturday, July 20 2013

Summer has arrived in Assynt

Cooling off

 [caption id="attachment_6594" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Cooling off[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6595" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Lexie's Loch[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6598"  […]

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Wednesday, July 10 2013

Coming over all Sir Walter Scott-ish


After a few days of dreich, misty weather and being envious of the rest of the country sweltering in high summer temperatures, today was one of those days where you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world other than the Highlands.Walking the dogs  took a while today, even though it was a  […]

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Sunday, April 14 2013

Shetland Yarn gets an Old Name

Pattern: Stevenson Gauntlets (Colours of Shetland)  Designer: Kate Davies

It was pointed out to me this week that sometimes it can be difficult to find particular yarn bases on my website quickly, as I don't always print the name of the yarn base on the yarn label.  As a result, I'm slowly working through the different yarn bases which I dye at Ripples Crafts and giving  […]

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Sunday, March 10 2013

Sunday Walks

After last Sunday's lovely walk it has been an "indoors" kind of week at Lockhart Towers.  I've been huddled over dye pots, trying to get everything I wanted done for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival next Saturday, and Stevan has been hunched over Old Scots texts dating from the 1540's, trying  […]

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Sunday, March 3 2013

Sunday Walks - Eadar da Chalda

I know it sometimes seems, judging from my photographs, that it is continuously sunny in Assynt.  Well it isn't!  Today dawned grey, and at times drizzly.  But sometimes such weather only adds atmosphere to walks, and as we set off on a walk near Ardvreck Castle in an area known as Eadar da Chalda,  […]

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Saturday, February 16 2013

Saturday Walks

We've all become a little unfit over winter, and we need to build up our fitness again by taking slightly longer and faster walks.  The dogs are not young pups any more, but if we build up their strength slowly they should be back in peak walking condition by summer.  We're a little concerned about  […]

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Tuesday, December 11 2012

Winter moves in

Winter is really moving in and setting up home now.   We've had a few days on the run where the temperature has barely been above freezing, and the ground is starting to feel like it won't soften until spring time.   Walking in the hills presents you with risks of a different nature to the rest of  […]

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Sunday, October 14 2012

More Autumn Colour

We took the opportunity to soak up a bit more autumn colour today.  For some reason the colours really have been spectacular this year.At this time of year, most walks are accompanied by the sound of the rut.  The noise the stags make is unmissable and unforgettable.   The noise echoes through the  […]

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Saturday, October 13 2012

Autumnal Walks

At this time of year you need to be prepared to grab your chance for a walk when the weather is good.  Fortunately we're in a position to do that, as if there is a dry spell during the day we can both sneak off with the dogs for a quick walk without feeling guilty about leaving work undone, as we  […]

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Thursday, August 23 2012

A special time of year

At this time of year the hills smell like honey.  Heather Honey.  It is a wonderful smell and one not easily forgotten.  The heather in the hills around Assynt are a myriad of colours ranging from pure white to deep, deep purple.It is impossible not to get coated in the pollen from the heather as  […]

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Thursday, July 19 2012

The Assynt Druid?

Stevan had been asked to take a photograph of the Druid's Cave on the Clachtoll Peat Road so as today was forecast to be the best day of the week weatherwise we donned our walking boots, packed sandwiches and tea, and set off.   On our way to Lexies Loch we had to pass a deer store which, despite  […]

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Sunday, July 15 2012

Sunday Walks

June was an incredibly busy month, and as a result Sunday Walks went on to the backburner for a few weeks.  But today we ignored the gathering black clouds above Clachtoll and set off for a Sunday Walk.   We took our usual, favourite route which means we climb very quickly and before long we're out  […]

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Tuesday, June 5 2012

Nothing for ages ....

And then 2 blog posts in one day!It has been such a beautiful day here today - not that warm, as there is a distinct chill in the wind, but beautiful blue sunny skies.  It was due to be a particularly low tide today, so we headed down to Clachtoll beach.This beach is in a constant state of change,  […]

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Sunday, January 29 2012

Sunday Walks

With our visit to Tanera Mor on Friday I got a little behind with dyeing this past week, so I had intended spending the whole weekend in the dye shed, and I did - yesterday!  But today was just glorious, and I'm afraid the hills were calling too strongly for me to ignore.  My ignoring the dye shed  […]

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Tuesday, January 24 2012

Na Dannsairean

We have been treated to the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis over the last few nights.   Perhaps it has not been the incredible display like you get in more northern parts, but a sight nonetheless:[caption id="attachment_4922" align="aligncenter" width="640"  […]

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Sunday, January 22 2012

Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!

Last night we were invited to friends to celebrate a Burns Supper.   I was slightly concerned before leaving, as it is traditional to do a "party piece" at such ceilidhs, and not being one who likes to be the centre of attention I always struggle to think of something to do.  So I was  […]

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