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Sunday, December 31 2017

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  […]

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Friday, May 12 2017

Work Going On Behind the Scenes

I am sorry this blog has been so quiet.  However it isn't because nothing has been happening at Tigh Na Ripples Crafts!  Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram will know that the dye shed has a new home.  After Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Stevan and I sat down and after some discussion,  […]

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Sunday, December 20 2015

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 a passion for  […]

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Sunday, November 22 2015

Same View, Different Day


Next year I've been invited by my brother in law, Russell, to join him at the Mothers Day Classic in Brisbane to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.  After confirming with him that I didn't actually have to RUN, I agreed that if we could match up dates then I'd do it with him.  In anticipation  […]

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Friday, July 3 2015

My Workspace


It is a long time since I showed you "The Shed" aka "The Workshop" aka "The Studio" (when I'm feeling posh!).  It is such a lovely sunny day today, and the shed is looking particularly neat and tidy, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you where all the yarn  […]

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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, September 20 2014

20-something years ago


Okay, maybe that is pushing your credulity to the limit, but some years ago on this day, I had my first birthday party, surrounded by my sisters and my Mum, with my Dad behind the camera:Today's birthday was also spent outdoors, but in a slightly different environment.  We headed up to The Bone  […]

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Tuesday, May 13 2014

Behind the scenes


A while back someone said to me "you are so lucky - you spend all your time being creative.  I'd love to spend all day dyeing yarn".   And she was right - I am very lucky.  I do something that I love and something that is creative.   But I don't do it all day and every day.  I am sure many  […]

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Wednesday, January 1 2014

Hello 2014!


Stevan and I had a quiet welcome to the New Year.  We prefer to spend it at home, and at midnight we venture out and make our way to the top of the little hill in our garden to look out over Assynt.  Occasionally we see and hear fireworks celebrating the New Year, but generally it is pretty quiet  […]

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Saturday, October 12 2013

On Holiday at Home

Lexie's Loch, Assynt

At the beginning of this week the weather was awful!  Really awful!  We had gale force winds and torrential rain interspersed with hail.  The wind was from the north at times, making it bitterly cold.  At times working in the dye shed was a little frightening - although fortunately the shed is  […]

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Tuesday, September 3 2013

It is the relatively small things

Finnian, the Fridge

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 looking at a  […]

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Thursday, August 22 2013

Wonderful Weather


We have been having absolutely glorious weather over the last few days.  It has pelted down with rain at night, but the days have been lovely.  Today was no exception.I've been exceptionally busy in the dye shed doing various commission dye jobs but also preparing yarn for the next package in the  […]

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Wednesday, August 7 2013

Hatopia - positive action to help a community

Traversa Photograph courtesy Woolly Wormhead

Community means a lot to me.  It always has.  The various communities within which I've lived have shaped me - there is no doubting that.  One of the things that I disliked Margaret Thatcher most for was her declaration  "And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual  […]

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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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Saturday, May 25 2013



It has been a very strange week, weatherwise.  At the beginning of the week we were on the beach in glorious sunshine:By Friday roads in the Highlands had been closed by snow, and it was turning bitterly cold again.  What will the weather bring for Gardening Scotland next weekend?  I will be  […]

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Wednesday, January 23 2013

Highland Light

I was pretty occupied today dispatching the first lot of orders for Heather's GOLD and dyeing up the next batch for orders which came in yesterday and today (and which will go out on Friday), so Stevan was on his own today when he took the dogs for their walk.  We've not had the quantities of snow  […]

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Tuesday, September 25 2012

Reflections of Tanera Mor

I've been home from Tanera Mor a few days now, and have been able to reflect a little on what was an amazing two weeks on the island.The weather certainly worked very hard during the first week to disrupt everyone's plans.  First there was a chance we would not get onto the island, and then there  […]

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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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Saturday, February 11 2012

Taking pride

What a day it has been today.  It started last year in December when I was approached by a journalist from The Herald Newspaper in Glasgow.   She had seen some photographs taken by Angela Catlin on behalf of Business Gateway, and she thought that what I was doing would fit well into an article she  […]

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Thursday, October 13 2011

Hard work!

I thought dyeing yarn was hard work, but I know better now.  It is harder being photographed!I was under the impression that it would be mostly wool that was being photographed, so I hadn't dressed for the occasion, and given I was busy dyeing wool when the photographer, Angie Catlin, arrived I'm  […]

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