Category Archives: Natural World

Seal of Approval

Seal Of Approval A new friend with expertise in archaeology and anthropology (and a lovely sense of humour) took me to a part of the island of Luing I’d only observed from the road some 60-70 metres above, a few … Continue reading

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The Improbable Sunset

The Improbable Sunset There are evenings when we wish the sun would set sooner.. and nights when we doubt the sun will rise again. The daylight hours preceding them are often improbably beautiful..one such recently produced what we’ve come to … Continue reading

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Time Out

Time Out I’m a lucky so-and-so; when I’m looking for time out I’m often treated to good weather. It doesn’t come better than this. I suppose I could be sweltering on some hot, expensive beach abroad..but it means far more … Continue reading

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The Travelling Light

The Travelling Light Today – after an intense week – I’ve been attempting to travel light. On foot, by motorbike, and in my head. After a short bike ride, and a coffee to go along the shore, hearing geese fly … 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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If I Had Wings

If I Had Wings When walking on Luing, the island where I live in the Inner Hebrides, I imagine myself right up there with the hawks and eagles, soaring on thermals over ice-blue waters and ochre shores..and able to pick … Continue reading

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Birds (and Beasts) Of A Feather

Birds (and Beasts) Of A Feather The Christmas season has well and truly begun – with all the pantomime gusto of a ‘slap-a-my-thigh’..and of people clinging onto some sense, and a sense of humanity, in a year lacking in either..tradition … Continue reading

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Botany For Beginners

Botany For Beginners Here on the island of Luing, in the Inner Hebrides, a great deal of the land is pasture grazed by the unique Luing cattle..of which more later. After a few months in residence (not IN the pasture) … Continue reading

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Watchers On The Ridge

Watchers On The Ridge I came to live here on the island of Luing to write about and paint landscape – inspired by the writings of luminaries such as Gavin Maxwell, Jim Crumley, Kathleen Jamie, Robert MacFarlane, Helen MacDonald, .. … Continue reading

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Autumn On A Hebridean Beach

Autumn On A Hebridean Beach If I were a washed-up shell This is where I’d wish to dwell.. In autumn colours do not pall Upon the beach Camas nan Gall. Spreading fans of seaweed lace A gown the mermaid sure … Continue reading

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