Sunday, 15 January 2017

Another quiet Sunday

We woke up with good intentions for actually making it to church today, but coughing and spluttering children soon put paid to that idea.  So we had another quiet day, with lots of quality time spent with wee people needing lots of hugs...and chocolate biscuits!  The canine wee people had a lovely, chilled day too, and even did their best to strike an intelligent pose to see if that would hurry their dinner along...

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Photography Club

Today saw the first meeting of the year of Lismore's photography club.  We started in the graveyard, then followed the setting sun along the island.  A lovely day was had by all, with everyone achieving a lot more than they expected - each person was pleasantly surprised with the results of their efforts, despite feeling a lack of inspiration at the time.

Friday, 13 January 2017


A quiet day, with lots of time to reflect on the events of yesterday and on all the happy memories we have of Mary.  Also a good opportunity to think on making the most of friends and family who are still with us in person.

That said, there were also some spectacular views on offer on the way to work today, but even so, the prize for the most stunning picture of the day has to go to Miss Tansy, whose flaxen mane does just as amazing a job at contrasting with her chestnut flanks as any snow fall could hope to do with the flanks of the hills on which it falls.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

First snow and final farewell

Woke up to shouts of delight from two small boys, who looked out of their window to discover the first snow of the year.  Not a heavy snow fall by any means, but enough to give a magical smattering of white to the world.  

It was a strange day, with beauty mingled with deep sadness, as we approached a village in mourning.  We gathered in Appin to say goodbye to a wonderful, beautiful lady, who meant the world to so many and touched so many lives.  There will always be something missing from Appin without Mary in our midst, but memories of her beaming smile and her love and devotion to all of her family and friends will stay with all of us, from the youngest to the oldest.  Gus am bris an latha, a charaid.  Bidh sinn gad ionndrainn xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Storms and Power Cuts

Well, didn't think this post was going to happen tonight.  The power went off in Lismore at about 3am, in the midst of major storms.  Our newly constructed hen enclosure was the first casualty, closely followed by our electricity supply.  It was suddenly all too clear why Colin signed up as the local SSE operative.  Off he went in the middle of the night to source the problem...his absence in bed was obviously an open invitation for Alasdair and Ruairidh to take his place, so the rest of my night was spent with an extremely chatty 4 and 5 year old snuggled in beside me.  The rest of Colin's night was spent tramping over hills in howling gales looking for the fault that had struck our wee island.  He did eventually find it and managed to reconnect about half of the island, but the other half, including our own house, had to wait till just a few hours ago.  Huge thanks to the efforts and hard work of all the SSE team - no matter how long it takes, we all appreciate the fact that they are putting their lives at risk to restore the luxury of power to our homes.

While Colin was having fun (!) out on the hills, Seahorse and I continued uninterrupted, as Port Castle still had full power (for most of the day).

They also had some spectacular stormy seas, although typically, the waves didn't choose to perform to their best for the camera.  Fascinating to see how, even in the stormiest of seas, the ancient Viking fish trap still remains calm in the bay.

Florence definitely had the right idea, curled up in bed in front of the fire.

The power finally gave out in Port Castle mid afternoon, so I had a chance to snap some pics of some of our closest neighbours enjoying their afternoon tea in the midst of weather chaos.  Then it was time to light all the candles, crank up the gas stove and congregate round the wood burner till Colin and his SSE buddies did their thing and got Lismore powered up again.  Apart from my usual concerns about how my fish cope with power cuts, there was, as always, something magical about an island power cut, with us all living, for a few hours at least as our ancestors did, cooking on open fires and reading by candlelight.  There's a lot to be said for the simple life...though no one was complaining when the lights came back on!  

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A pleasant surprise

Came home from work today to discover a long, white, special delivery envelope waiting for me. Delighted to discover a £100 voucher for inside, courtesy of Falcondale Life Blog, where I entered a competition a few days ago.  Being just a little bit obsessed with photography, it's the perfect prize to win.  Can't wait to investigate the website and decide what to buy.  Huge thanks to and to Printerpix themselves for this wonderful prize.  

Monday, 9 January 2017


Not the most significant day for most of us...just another Monday.  Yet for some...oh my goodness...can you feel the pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This was the torturous experience know as Back To School Day!"
Sooo...probably time to confess that the stress levels were approximately zero, as she designed some canine artwork just for the fun of it.  Seanair and I did our best to torture her with some academic nonsense, but she just ignored's not fair!!