Category Archives: Life In Focus

Dancing In The Rain

Dancing In The Rain Sometimes all you can do in a rainstorm is dance. Exchange news with the wildlife beyond the window. Shelter, and watch the waves building. Though your reflections may be dark.. The sun will come out. Dancing … Continue reading

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Making Waves

Making Waves Newly resident on a small island I’ve not made many waves. The weather, however, is doing a grand job. Storms are queueing to thrash beaches and erode more slate from cliffs. The tail end of the current storm … Continue reading

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Wellies, A Wet-Suit, And Wings

Wellies, A Wet-Suit, And Wings Although I’m a frequent visitor to the site of the Island christmas post-box (cards delivered by happy local volunteer ‘elves’, in addition to the normal postal service) I still managed to miss the post. So, … Continue reading

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Fool’s Gold

Fool’s Gold My next-door-neighbour Gregor looks after a dog of whom I’ve become very fond – where I now live on the island of Luing – on one of the famous inner Hebridean ‘Slate Islands’. I was very glad to … Continue reading

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One Happy Dog

One Happy Dog Getting to and from our island home involves a lovely ferry journey on the bonny blue Belnahua Ferry; we are often accompanied by the ferrymaster’s young dog. The ferry is as cheerful as the dog. As with … Continue reading

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The Cloud

The Cloud This world made sad by chaos loud Could learn to take note of the cloud Skimming sea, then climbing high It’s sultry depths revealing sky Edged with copper, silver, rose It’s not hard to find the prose With … Continue reading

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Night Flight

Night Flight Wakened at two again, Rain lashing on the pane.. Filled now with gloom this deep, How can I ever sleep? What a hell of a year it’s been, Dear. Darkness – a jungle deep, Corrupting compost heap.. Fighting … Continue reading

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Shore Thing

Shore Thing Slate on slate, sun on shore. Pondering matters- that matter no more. Treading warm slate under bare foot.. Conjuring memories of pursuit. Of gilded treasures – deep, dark pools Mercury, copper, gold..and jewels. Diamonds turned to crystal and … Continue reading

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The Wonder Of Blue

The Wonder Of Blue From the blue of the ferry taking us across to our new home.. To the blue yonder. With the Isle of Scarba, hazy on the blue horizon.. Overlooking the small, sheltered inlet where the fish are … Continue reading

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Blown Off Course

Blown Off Course It’s easy to be blown off course. By hot or cold air. By the opinions and machinations of others. By perceived criticism, wisdom, advice. Trouble is, all of it – including that which we dish out ourselves … Continue reading

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