Friday, 12 July 2019

Take A Walk On The Westside

The sun didn't last long but at least the temperatures have remained so although not hot, we do not need the heating on.  Time has flown by this week, once again we could be heard wondering how we ever had time to go to work.  Our hobbies and jaunts out fill our days and we enjoy each others company immensely.  Today we had a drive out to the Westside of the Island and enjoyed a stroll around Arnol, where there is a blackhouse and Nature Reserve.

It looked a little overcast, there was a lot of low lying cloud but thankfully it stayed dry so we were able to enjoy our little tour.





The roof is a real delight to see, weighted down against the strong winds coming from the sea.




The blackhouse in ruins was a joy to see as it clearly showed how it had been built.  The layers and layers of rocks still in place so that each room could be visualised.







At the end of the one track road there was another hidden delight.  The RSPB nature reserve which we wanted to look at but it was a longer walk than anticipated so we had a short stroll and decided to return another day.


The meadow was a stunning sight, lush and awash with a multitude of wildflowers.




There were a multitude of species of birds that were just too quick for the camera, but it was a pleasure to see them darting from stem to stem.




The drystone walling is always a beautiful sight, we were left wondering how long it had been there and the families that had built it.  If only walls could talk...

See you soon.

35 comments:

  1. I enjoyed that little tour. The roof is amazing and I love the meadow.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The white flowers look like what we call Queen Anne's Lace. They're weeds in Missouri, but planted on slopes in housing developments in California.

    I love those walls, as well, and love seeing how walls vary in different parts of the world, depending on the materials at hand.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I always wonder about walls, castles, and artifacts. What stories could they tell us about the lives of those who came before? When I was in France I had the most uncanny sense of deja vu...who knows, but I knew without a doubt that I had been there before.
    Thanks for sharing your road trip and the lovely pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great photos... great place for wandering!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I had to go back as far as May 13 to catch up on your posts. Enjoyed every minute. You're truly a wonder. My grandmother would have loved learning some tricks from you, because she too liked to garden, cook, raise chickens. But you do all that and make a bazillion craft items as well. Do you ever sleep?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And don't forget the aerobics, touring, photography, and blogging on top of everything else.

      Delete
  6. Oh my! You live where the earth does really touch the sky, no wires, lights or disruptors. How beautiful. Wondering about the inhabitants of the black house. The majestic stones stacked one upon another, telling another story. I had to look up the Hebrides because I didn't know where it was, I thought perhaps Ireland. It is stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  7. How wonderful to have such lovely places to take little jaunts out to!!! I wish we were so lucky. But places "to go see," are at a distance. And neither of us likes driving on big roads, anymore. In fact, he can't, with his now-eyesight.

    But we do have our interests, to take up our time. And he is always amazed, that he has so much to do, retired. When he was worried about retiring.

    But he is busier now, than he was running a drug store for all those years. But now, he can be busy, with projects he loves. Although he also loved life as a pharmacist and store owner.

    Anyway, you are lucky about the jaunts, and I'm sure you appreciate it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. The blackhouse is so interesting! I must admit to having a love affair with the beautiful dry stacked walls you have featured. I wonder the same thing you do--if only they could speak. Beautiful post, my friend of your lovely island.

    ReplyDelete
  9. That is so cool that you have access to walk on the stones of history like that. I wonder if anyone has written a book of how they think families lived back then. I'm glad it's warmer for you.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. The stone walls and especially that ruined Blackhouse are amazing. What treasures there are to investigate in your area. I love the wildflowers and of course, the ever-present sheep.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Perfect setting for a storybook to unfold :-) I agree, if only those walls could talk.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    blessings,
    Jill

    ReplyDelete
  12. Those stone walls have stood the test of time. So much history there.
    xx Beca

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a beautiful place. I like the pictures of the wild flowers and stone walls. Take care and have a lovely weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a grwat tour, I always enjoy a trip with you.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for the lovely tour. We keep saying we must get up to Scotland again. I bet the blackhouse was so warm and cosy during the winter months. Best, Jane x

    ReplyDelete
  16. You're spoilt for choice with all the lovely places for trips out on the island. Such a lot of history and so much to learn from it, I often wonder about times gone by, who's lived in a place and who's walked the same paths as we're walking now.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I so enjoyed your little jaunt that you let us all follow along on. So pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  18. How wonderful, the reserve looks a great place for spotting wildlife and the ruined blackhouse is fascinating:)

    ReplyDelete
  19. So glad Gerald is feeling well enough to get out for a bit. I love how busy you both are. Thank you for taking us along on your travels.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Happy Saturday Lorraine. It's wonderful to see another beautiful tour of your island. I was also glad to see Gerard out and able to enjoy it too. That roof is really amazing and the Blackhouse ruins too. I think my favorite photos are of the sheep. I adore sheep. That fleece hanging from the bramble has my fingers itching to pluck it off and wash and spin it! Thank you for the beautiful sights and history.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
  21. It's such a different landscape, and fascinating to see how the built environment evolved in response to it. I love that. x

    ReplyDelete
  22. You've a fascinating area to live in. Wondering how many years it will take you to see it all?

    ReplyDelete
  23. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  24. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love places like this, even if the weather is overcast. Thanks for sharing your day with us :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. All that rock work makes me think of the backs of the builders and how sore they must have been by the time all those walls were accomplished. Isn’t it incredible they’re still standing after all the weather they withstand? Your island life is so beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  27. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  28. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  29. beautiful photos and a lovely walkabout. It's super hot and humid here and I wish I could send some to you and you could send me some of your cloudy weather.

    ReplyDelete
  30. The RSPB reserve would be first on my list were I ever to visit your beautiful isle.

    ReplyDelete

  31. شركة المثالية للتنظيف

    شركة المثالية توفر علي ربة المنزل عناء التنظيف، والمواظبة علية بإستمرار، خصوصا وأن ربة المنزل الآن يكون عليها مهام كثيرة شاقة ولا يكون لديها مساحة من الوقت للقيام بمهام التنظيف، وليس فقط التنظيف هي من مهام الشركة بل أن الشركة أيضاً تُقدم مجموعة مُختلفة من الخدمات الأخرى التي تخدم راحة عُملائها، بالإضافة إلي تقديم مُستوي عالي من الكفاءة في تنفيذ الخدمة. خدمات شركة المثالية: ولأن شركة المثالية تقوم علي راحة عُملائها في تقوم بتوفر مجموعة مُختلفة من الخدمات مثل: • تنظيف الستائر. • تنظيف المفروشات. • تنظيف السجاد والموكيت. • تنظيف الكنب. • تنظيف المجالس. • مُكافحة الحشرات. • رش مُبيدات. • تسليك مجاري. حيثُ أن لدينا مجموعة من أكفأ العمُال والأيدي العاملة، بالإضافة إلي اننا يوجد ليدنا أحدث أنواع الأجهزة والماكينات التي تُساعدنا في عملنا، بالإضافة إلي أن المساحيق المُستخدمة في عمليات التنظيف نقوم بإستيرادها من الخارج، وهي مُصرحة من وزارة الصحة ولا ضرر عليها. كما أن شركة المثالية تستقبل تليفونات عُملائها علي المدار اليوم لإستقبال طباتهم وإستفسارتهم بإستمرار. عزيزي العميل نُحاول أن نوفر لك جميع ما تحتاج إلية، علاوة علي ان أسعارنا لا تقبل المُنافسة.

    ReplyDelete
  32. What a fantastic post. Many thanks for the lovely tour.
    I enjoyed all of your photographs and so nice to see Gerard too.

    Take Care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  33. I had never heard of a 'blackhouse' before. Thank you for showing me something new. I do like to see the indigenous language being used in the signs. I wish my country would use our indigenous languages more often.

    ReplyDelete