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gulls at Gress beach on a rainy morning

Clouds in the sound, Tolsta

lunchtime walk, Castle grounds

Moments of Astonishment

Word of the day: “astonish” – to amaze, to stun with wonder by means of something unexpected or unaccountable. Probably from the Anglo-Norman French verb “estoner”, to stun, itself in turn from the…

Laughing in Flowers

It’s Earth Day today. It’s a cool, damp kind of day here and I spent a happy morning just watching the waves on the shore, and feeling my feet sink softly into the…

Islands from Islands

It’s hard to beat going to an island from another island – layer upon layer of end points and start points, liminal eddges, and ferry boats. With our weather continuing to be outrageously…

Some Times

Sometimes the timings all work out right. Your day off falls on the day before the rain returns, the last of the glorious sunshine weather. Your planned expedition comes in the hours before…

So Light

The weather here this week has been stunning – cold, sunny, with the clearest quality of light. Stepping out to scrape the ice from my car on Monday morning, the sun was streaming…

Here at the Edge

The dance of renewal, the dance that made the world, was always danced here at the edge of things, on the brink, on the foggy coast. ~ Ursula K Le Guin Journeys are…

Believing in Spring

Sunrise today 6.33am, sunset 6.34pm. 12 hours of daylight. 2 days to the equinox. 10.9 hours of sunshine yesterday in Stornoway. (I know, we are lucky. But everything here is done to extremes,…

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