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Sunday, December 13 2015

Introducing .........

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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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Sunday, November 2 2014

A Pictorial Account - Glencanisp 2014

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I asked those who were on the recent retreat at Glencanisp to send me photographs of their time there, if they were happy for me to include it in a blog post.  So here they are - no descriptions, just a pictorial account of our week at The Lodge.    Many thanks to those who allowed me to use their  […]

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Sunday, February 9 2014

Colour Work

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It has been all about colour this week.   I have been putting together new colours on the Warm Hearted Aran base, some of which sold out very quickly!  The most popular colourway was Festive Lights, a colour which, up to now, I've only done on the Reliable Sock Yarn base, but which I decided to test  […]

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Saturday, January 11 2014

Beach Walks

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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

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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

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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

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 [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

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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 31 2013

Productive Weekend

While parts of the UK have been wet, miserable, and sometimes snowy, as usual we've been having glorious weather.   We had planned to get some good walks in this weekend but unfortunately Lexie is poorly again, and so excietment in the form of walks has been kept to a minimum.However, the lack of  […]

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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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Sunday, October 7 2012

An Autumnal Week

We had a lovely week with our friends, Neil and Gilly.  Although walking was a little curtailed for Gilly, we took advantage of a wonderful facility in Assynt, the All Abilities Path, which was ideal for Gilly who wanted to do some walking but not on rough ground.  The All Abilities network of paths  […]

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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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