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Saturday, June 11 2016

Waste Not, Want Not


Most days we do a walk down to Stoer beach.  Now that Lexie is getting on and is less mobile than she used to be, walks up into the hills are not as easy for her as they once were, so we stick to a walk that keeps her on a good surfaced road rather than making her scramble over heather and bracken.  […]

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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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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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Friday, July 11 2014

Yet another beach day, and an exciting development


The glorious weather continues in Assynt, and it was yet another beach day today.  But only after a rather important trip to Lochinver Post Office to post off a huge box of yarn to Knockando Wool Mill - some time next week a big box of colour will be arriving at the Mill.  As usual, Flash, the PO  […]

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Tuesday, July 8 2014

Beach Morning


With all the dyeing for Knockando Mill done, I took this morning off and, being a lovely day, we headed for Stoer Beach.Although our house is in Clachtoll, it pretty much equidistant from both Clachtoll Beach and Stoer Beach, but the latter is usually pretty empty whereas the former is always busy  […]

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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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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, July 27 2013

A bit of weather


Looking back through recent blog entries, I seem to be a little obsessed with weather at the moment.  We always joke that we have our own little micro-climate in Clachtoll, but during the last week it really has felt like that.  Just a mile away in all directions there have been storm clouds and  […]

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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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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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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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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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Thursday, April 21 2011

Beach Walk

In an attempt to get rid of a very nasty cold, we took a walk on Stoer Beach when there was a spring low tide. Normally on Stoer beach there isn't a huge amount of beach!  There is a very pebbly shelf which you have to carefully clamber down otherwise you can easily lose your footing and take a  […]

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