Friday, 21 September 2018

Muir is Tir

Muir is Tir - Land and Sea Residency 2018 - An Lanntair was a 10 day programme exploring the cultural heritage and identity of the Outer Hebrides.  Half the residency was spent on a sailing boat exploring the rugged coastlines whilst working together learning to sail.  The other half was spent on the Isle of Berneray.

The current display showcases the residency from 2017 and 2018 in Ann Lanntair.  It was a feast for the eyes.  Each artist so completely different.  We have visited twice and enjoyed each visit immensely, seeing something different each time.   See for yourselves...

This next piece I must have taken 20 photos and didn't capture its beauty.  The embroidery on Harris Tweed was stunning and must have taken hours.  It was an inspirational piece that I loved.

So much to see, let me show you some more.

In addition to this wonderful display there is also a Hebrides international Film Festival going on which is screening current global cinema on the theme of small islands rural communities and the environment.  There is also an annual beach clean.

Some of the short film screenings, lectures, workshops and environmental promotions are free so no one is excluded.  I think that is quite amazing.

Thank you for all your comments and concern.   The storm whilst damaging was not as bad as anticipated so we enjoyed our time in our little cottage together, making some very tentative plans for future travel.  The mainland didn't fair as well so my heart goes out to all those affected.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The Calm Before The Storm

Met Office forecasters have put Scotland on an Amber warning as Storm Ali roars over.  So far whilst the it is wild it isn't as bad as anticipated here on the Isle of Lewis.  It was very much the calm before the storm yesterday as blue skies and very little wind allowed us plenty of time to prepare.  The small planters have been brought inside and any equipment put away, something that was needed to be done as part of our seasonal jobs anyway.  I left a chicken stew in the slow cooker overnight in case there were any power cuts today.  I could just warm it through either on the stove or on a little gas stove we have.  We have torches, candles and the radio all ready to go with plenty of batteries.  We have brought plenty of extra logs inside so that we don't have to brave the elements.

The freight ferry  cancelled both this mornings and this evenings service, whilst the passenger ferry departing this evening from Ullapool is liable to disruption or cancellation due to adverse weather conditions.  I am always interested to see how this affects the supermarkets.  I am thankful that we had done so much early preparation and our food cupboard and freezers are full.

28 of the 28 routes of Caledonian MacBrayn have updates most with disrupted or cancelled services, hopefully normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

See you soon.

Monday, 17 September 2018


We had another quiet weekend, catching up with family via Skype and telephone, chatting and making plans I often question how we would get on these days without the wonder of technology.  Our neighbour and friend popped in for a visit, she lights up the room with her beautiful smile.  We spent some time singing and dancing and doing a little crafting.

I finally pinned out the coasters that I had crocheted and gave them a good soaking.

After blocking them I tied each set with a little ribbon.

All ready for the gift drawer, when I need a little something.  I also added a few cards, as the stock was getting low.  I hate to run out of cards, its just a little notelet letting someone know we were thinking of them but so useful for any occasion.

Very simple and quick to make but so effective at times.  How was your weekend?  A very warm welcome to another follower, I do hope you enjoy my little adventures through life.

We needed a few pictures of sheep to lift our spirits and make us smile.

See you soon.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Another Little Adventure

Its windy out there, there is the odd shower, no downpour but the sun is shining so let me take you on a little tour.  You will need a rain coat and some sensible footwear and I will take you on another little  tour of a hidden gem that we discovered on our way to the dentist this morning.  It is actually a children's play park but don't let that deter you.  There is plenty to entertain any age group and lots of seating areas if the going is a little tough.  Let this little adventure begin...

Are you manage to keep up, there is so much to see and learn.

It is a joy to wander the paths and let your eyes be drawn to the wonderful bridges over a babbling brook.  The information posts are a real delight and encourages even more observation and conversation. 

Definitely a park that we will be returning to and certainly one for when we have little visitors.  I often moan about the winds here on this little Island that we now call home but that is nothing to what some are experiencing with the hurricane hitting land a few hours ago.  My heart goes out to all those affected and know that they will be in my prayers.

See you soon.