Travellers’ Tales

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru Venturing across the Minch and driving across the Highlands through Glen Shiel and Glencoe in the February may not… Continue reading Travellers’ Tales

A grand day out

It was if I'd sat in the chair after a hard days labour and nodded off to find that I'd missed the summer and it was the day of the North Uist Agricultural and Produce Show. Definitely a touch of the Rip Van Winkle! The North Uist Show marks the end of the summer events… Continue reading A grand day out

Gardener, Botanist, Citizen Scientist?

Most gardeners are good botanists and when interrogated will often reveal a profound knowledge of garden ecology and the wildlife that inhabits their garden and beyond. Many of us take part in all kinds of surveys from garden birds to butterflies and have unbeknowingly been secretly recruited as "citizen scientists". We have all been citizen… Continue reading Gardener, Botanist, Citizen Scientist?

Defending the Wild Lands

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir The Year of Natural Scotland included a celebration of the life of John Muir, the Scottish born explorer, conservationist, naturalist and writer. Born in 1838 in Dunbar in East Lothian he emigrated to the… Continue reading Defending the Wild Lands

There are warnings of gales in ……

I would like to thank everyone who was kind enough to enquire whether the gardeners and croft garden had survived the storm on Thursday. The house on the headland, the cottage, the garden and of course the gardeners are all safe and intact. Although the garden is looking a bit like the morning after the… Continue reading There are warnings of gales in ……