Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Now that the vapours of the Hogmanay have cleared we can start celebrating again for 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland. If you ask anyone about Scotland somewhere in the mix of tartan, bagpipes, whisky and haggis there will be golden eagles, red deer stags, otters, mountains, lochs, glens and heather. There is of… Continue reading Year of Natural Scotland 2013

National Poetry Day in the Outer Hebrides

WINTER LIGHT Think mostly muted as if seen through grey veils still think abundant green, duller water-logged brown in places moss green fringed fawn think cinnamon and ginger think peat brown dug deep, almost black think grey burns, grey lochs grey sea trailing white spray Then think a low down sun think peat grass glowing… Continue reading National Poetry Day in the Outer Hebrides

Arrivals and Departures

I should know better by now but the arrival of autumn always takes me by surprise.  The gold of the buttercups is fading and the bleached heads of the grasses are a pale cream highlighted by the richer hues of the red clover. Russet brown seed heads of the wild angelica stand tall like skeletal… Continue reading Arrivals and Departures

Brown and crispy round the edges

This is not a description of my garden not my home-made biscuits. So I am going to whisper this we've hardly had any rain for almost 3 months. I'm not sure what constitutes a drought, but my garden and the surrounding machair are parched. Now I know people on the big island have a surfeit… Continue reading Brown and crispy round the edges