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Friday, January 19 2018

Scenic Weather

Yesterday found us heading to Inverness, to the funeral of one of our community, Pauline.  She was a larger than life character whose laughter could be heard a long time before you actually saw her.  We were sad to say our goodbyes but it was a lovely service, with many memories of her laughter and  […]

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Sunday, November 1 2015

Winter Approaches


Strangely enough we've been having mild temperatures over the past week, which, given it is the 1st day in November, feels a little odd.   But look at the landscape, and the signs that winter is approaching are all too clear.  Mushrooms are to be found all over the place at the momentand the bracken  […]

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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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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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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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Wednesday, February 20 2013

Mid-week Treats

We have had the calmest of weathers over the last few days.  It has been stunning.  Blue skies, an almost-warm sun shining, and no wind.  My drives to the Post Office have been slow, as I keep stopping to take pictures of Assynt which is showing her calm side at the moment.  This was the view from  […]

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Sunday, February 10 2013

A Mish Mash

A mish mash is such a useful term.  There are all sorts of odds and ends to show you today, and so the description of mish mash fits the bill well.Late last week a padded envelope arrived from my good friend, Gillian.  It was Neil and Gilly who used to bring over Isaac's Sheep for me from South  […]

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Wednesday, February 6 2013

No, I'm NOT house hunting!

To ensure no rumours start to arise out of my last post, we are NOT house hunting!!  But I can tell you no more than that just now.Our drive to and from the little Post Office in Lochinver takes about 15 or 20 minutes, depending on weather conditions and the time of year.  In summer it can take a  […]

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Saturday, January 19 2013


We have escaped the snow that is blanketing the rest of the UK at the moment, but we haven't escaped the cold.  There are bitter bitter winds blowing, and the ground is very crunchy underfoot.  We have had an easy winter up to now with very few days being below freezing, and January and February  […]

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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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Monday, March 5 2012

Hello Spring 2012

Today it really feels as though spring has arrived for 2012.The daffodils are swelling beautifully and very nearly to burst into cheery patches of yellow and green:If you look very carefully at the hedge around the garden you will find tiny flashes of soft green appearing:My favourite garden flower,  […]

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Tuesday, December 6 2011

What a difference a few hours make

Sunday afternoon:Monday morning!:I think it is safe to say winter has arrived.  And that black cloud ..... it really did look that black and angry and it was snow laden.

Sunday, December 4 2011

Winter Walks

Given the cold temperatures and the icy winds that are currently blasting Assynt, there can be no doubt that autumn has passed and winter is here.  There is snow sprinkled on the tops of Quinag, Suilven and Canisp and the biting wind makes walking and talking hard.  On today's walk there was no  […]

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Thursday, March 10 2011

Winter is not quite done with us yet.

That white line across the sea is snow.  It is very cold!

Saturday, February 5 2011

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 to  […]

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Wednesday, January 5 2011

Winter Skylines

The sky in Assynt is usually guaranteed to be wonderful, but in winter it seems especially amazing.  It is always different, and when out walking it changes constantly.   The dogs and I managed to get out today, but we had to dodge heavy showers that came in waves throughout the day.Immediately  […]

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Friday, December 31 2010

Last walk of 2010 and Happy New Year!

A lot of work has been done in Assynt to build up a network of walking paths.  Some are classified as "All Abilities" making them suitable for wheelchair users or simply for folk who are a little unsteady on their feet and don't like walking on uneven ground.  Other bits of the network are  […]

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Sunday, December 26 2010

Christmas Day Walk

Overnight on Christmas Eve the thaw began to set in.  We woke up to green grass springing up through patches of snow, so the hens were a lot happier when we let them out of their hutch on Christmas morning.We set off for a walk, but it is still fairly treacherous with sheet ice on top of solid  […]

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Wednesday, December 22 2010

Candid Camera

This morning at 9.00am the moon was still high in the sky above the village of Stoer:I usually make sure I'm behind the camera rather than in front of it, but Stevan couldn't resist this photograph showing Peggy sitting behind me in the freezing cold.In my rush to get out to photograph the moon I  […]

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Monday, December 20 2010

Winter Solstice

[caption id="attachment_3643" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Winter Solstice"][/caption]The 21st December marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, so the days will soon be getting longer again.   The above photo was taken at 9.45pm in  […]

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