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The View From Here…. (Part Two)

We have just spent a marvellous two weeks on the Isle of Skyeย (more on this in future posts) and now it is time for the second leg of our month away. This week we are on the Isle of Harris, part of the Outer Hebrides. ย It is one of the remotest parts of the UK and perfect for the kind of quiet holiday we prefer.ย I am looking forward to spending time in such a stunning landscape.

This archipelago has an amazing geological story, with rocks over 3 billion years old, the oldest in the UK, and among the oldest in the world. If you are even vaguely interested in this fascinating subject, you might like to glance through this very informative brochure, produced by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Pictured above is the main view from our cottage. We arrived to a series of amazing rainbows, one after another over the loch. The railings in the photograph look a bit squiffy because I took a ‘pan-shot’ to gather in the double rainbows – you can see the ‘end’ of the left side of the bow dipping in to the water.

And here is the view that we can see from the other side of the property – this is a beautiful bay which we will have fun exploring during the week.

All the Scottish islands we have visited have their own unique ‘personality’. The Isle of Harris feels wise and ancient – a place for calm and contemplation. Lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚


The View From Here…..

Hub and I are currently on holiday. We are staying in a cottage on the glorious Hebridean Isle of Skye in a very rural location. ย This is exactly our kind of thing – total immersion in nature (with the luxury of a flushing loo!). ย You can see part of our view from the above photo, complete with enigmatic barn, where swallows are currently nesting (though not for much longer, I would have thought).

Our bird watching tally yesterday was as follows:

  • Four sightings of golden eagles
  • a white tailed eagle
  • two ravens
  • three kestrels
  • a handful of swallows (probably just about enough to qualify for ‘a flight’)
  • three mistel thrushes
  • assorted small birds, most likely to be rock pipits

Not at all bad, considering we did not leave the property!

Perhaps not surprisingly, we have very limited wifi access. This blog will therefore be pretty quiet for the next few weeks, and I will not be able to respond to comments and engage with your blogs as quickly as I would normally like. Fear not though – I’ll be back in touch in due course. ๐Ÿ™‚

August in Edinburgh Part 2 – Celebration Time!

We have been firework- and light-tastic in Edinburgh this month.

Each night has seen a magnificent display over Edinburgh Castle, courtesy of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo:


To mark the end of the summer festivals, there is always a celebratory concert in the lea of the Castle, where fireworks are put to music. This video is a short taste of the 45 minute display:


And particularly special this year, we have seen the opening of the magnificent new Queensferry Crossing across the Firth of Forth. This display marked the start of a week of celebrations, culminating with the formal opening by Her Majesty the Queen, to take place on 4 September, exactly 53 years after she opened the current Forth Road Bridge:

How lucky we are, as I have said before, to live in such an amazing part of the world. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

August in Edinburgh Part 1 – Party Time!

Edinburgh is well and truly in full swing during this, our main festival month. The sun has been shining. Everyone is having a marvellous time. Here are a few shots which I hope give you a flavour of the atmosphere. Wish you were here?…..

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Despite all the crowds, it is still possible to find a few corners for a bit of quiet time. ย Tourists and performers all need a bit of space…..

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And all the while, the city keeps on being timeless and breath-taking. How lucky we are to call it home! ๐Ÿ™‚

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“Pick up the battle and make it a better world”

A few weeks ago, my nephew Mitchel was walking their small family dog, Barney (pictured here in all his cuteness).

They took their normal route around the village, which included walking through fields and woodland. Plenty of other dog walkers do the same in this beautiful part of England. Unfortunately, one of those walkers did not keep their dog properly under control and it attacked poor Barney, resulting in the need for a trip to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics to ward off infection. Perhaps more significantly, the episode traumatised Mitchel, causing him great distress and undermining his confidence in going out for a walk.

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Edinburgh Rhythms Old and New

Our wonderful city of Edinburgh has a clear and regular pulse. ย It is known as ‘the festival city’ for good reason. ย Throughout the year, you attend find major events of interest, covering everything from science to food and drink.

The summer is the busiest period, and it is around this time of year that Hub and I start gearing up for full entertainment immersion.

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‘Are You Interesting?’ – Painting on Paper Towels

‘Village People’ ยฉKen Delmar

Here’s a charming addition to my recent collection of posts featuring paper artistry.

In this short film, artist Ken Delmar reflects on his life in the shadow of his father, Kenny Delmar, a famous 1950s stage and radio performer.

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A Fishy Tale (or is it?….)

A snapper of a story for you all today. ย One that cod put a smile on your face. ย I certainly haddock good laugh with it.

This is a film-maker Charlie Lyne’s attempt to plaice on record the truth about the historic opening of a Welsh ‘marina’. ย To quote the film’s blurb:

“Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon’s grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale.”

Apart from being a wonderfully nostalgic look at British life 40 years ago, it is a charming and amusing john-dory.

I hake you like it as mullet I did! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ



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