Red Sky in the Morning

  Red sky in the morning, so beautifully twee – Feathers pastel-hued and ethereal.   But look much closer and what do you see? A cloud tsunami, bound for here.   So all you creatures by the shore Gather your young, I do implore, And seek some shelter, for later today A terrible storm is…

A Good Day All Round

It was a perfectly blissful, blowy and sunny Sunday today. After all animals were fed and watered, I decided to make some bread – a rustic granary for me and a white for him. I haven’t had much practise in bread making however, whilst the kitchen was tidy and bright in the morning sun, I felt…

Laden Cloud, Leaden Sky

  My intentions were good. After work, I wanted to steal the last of the day’s light to go for a walk.  I was all togged up but the Halloween sky was threatening an apocalyptic downpour. The walk was aborted. Laden Cloud, Leaden Sky Heavily laden clouds burgeoning and lumbering, Over bruised heather headlands Protruding…

Farther Afield

It’s that time of year again – time to rest the fields and move the ponies for winter.     After the farrier’s visit, we rode and walked in convoy from the east to the west of the island – about 4 miles.  Four of the six island ponies stay together for the winter.  It…

Talk About Whether…

    For island folk, discussing the weather is not a matter of small-talk, it is pivotal to our daily lives and the chat inevitably leads to whether or not the boat gets in. It must be a tad confusing for eavesdropping visitors who have not yet have grasped the colour coding.   Whether or Not The…

Portray-it

The first one attempted in years so please forgive the unfinished look.  It is finished – I’m just out of practise!      

Menopause

I was sitting on a wall at four years old when I heard my mother mention ‘the change’ to Granny.  Of course I hadn’t the faintest idea what they were talking about but the conversation wasn’t for young ears – I knew by their intonation; words uttered in ventriloquy followed by a knowing nod.  When…

La Moutarde

Whether it is because of the scorching hot summer or the current fashion trend, I am not entirely sure but I have noticed that the island, in her autumn finery, is less russet and gold and more Dijon mustard. Calling for some heart-warming soup! Broccoli, Stilton and Djion Mustard Soup Ingredients: A small red onion…

Ferry Lights

From our wee cottage, we can see the comings and goings of the Calmac ferry, promising parcels and groceries and family and friends – or much anticipated trips to the metropolis that is Olde Oban Town.  As the nights draw in, it is comforting to see the twinkling ferry emerging from the headland, bobbing and…