Friday, 20 April 2018

HMY Iolaire Memorial

Last month was the unveiling of the new memorial to the 201 victims of the Iolaire tragedy of almost 100 years ago.  A new memorial cairn was unveiled in Cam gardens next to the town hall,  Each individual stone on the cairn represents one of the victims collected around the Islands to represent the individuals village or community.  The cairn carefully documenting where each man came from.

A wonderful tribute and surrounded by such a beautiful building which in itself holds so much history.

It is quite a poignant memorial which remembers lives lost as young as 17, so it was quite fitting that students from the Nicolson Institute had been involved at every stage of the process, the design, the construction and even the unveiling service.

We continued with a walk around the harbour, catching glimpses of the castle and choosing our favourite yacht to sail away into the sunset.

We have no real plans for the weekend, other than making a start with some seeds and pottering in the garden if we are lucky with the weather.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that the weather is good for you. 

See you soon.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Changeable Weather

What a difference a day makes!  From having such a great weekend weather wise, it certainly went down hill all the way Monday evening.  We had such a storm, gale force winds, rain, rain and more rain.  Tuesday of the 27 ferry routes to the different Western Isles 26 of them were delayed or cancelled.  I obviously spoke too soon.  All outdoor activities are once again on hold.  We lit the stove, made some soup and enjoyed some indoor pursuits.  Crafting...

First up thank you cards, not before time.

I really enjoyed the process as I thought about the wonderful cards and gifts that I had received.

There are so many bugs and virus's doing the rounds at the moment so I made some tissue holders as little gifts for those that are suffering.  A little something to let them know I was thinking of them.

Anybody that has followed me for awhile, will know my love of buttons in all their guises.  The collection is starting to get a little out of hand so I thought I would get some out and have a play around.  A little bouquet in the making...

I picked out a Wide selection of colours, styles and sizes and had a couple of hours of fun.  Wiring some little flowers together.

Putting it all together was great fun, and will make a great addition to the table when I don't have fresh flowers.

Just because...

...and I also had to share the amazing skies.

This changeable weather has been a tease for awhile, I live in hope that this was just a blip and that we will be back on track with some better weather.

See you soon.

Monday, 16 April 2018


Saturday was the third annual Harris Tweed bike ride here on the Island so we did catch glimpses of  it as we ran our errands around Stornoway.

All the riders wore Harris Tweed outfits or accessories and it certainly was a feast for the eyes.  I loved the bright colours and the amazing cycle with the trailer was such fun.

It must have been a great relief for the organisers to wake to such a fine day.  The weather certainly makes a big difference to some of the events.  Seeing the sun shining and casting its shadows is a joy to behold and enhances even the most menial of tasks.  A start had been made on painting the tyres that I want to use as planters.  They are going to be painted red with black spots, a ladybird in the making.

I have bought several bags of compost but intend to mix a little peat and sand together for the base to save on the expense, they will certainly take some filling.

The daffodils are growing in clumps around the cottage, a sure sign that Spring is finally making an appearance.

Seeing the lambs was also such a treat reinforcing the feeling that the seasons have now changed and giving us hope that better weather is on the way.  The marking on the ewes show how many lambs they are carrying when they are scanned, one stripe = single, two stripes = twins.  Each ewe usually has a mark which denotes their croft so if they go to common grazing on the machair each crofter knows their own sheep.  Hope that helps.

Not sure what the purple was on the lamb in the previous post but will check with my neighbour next time I see them.  What a difference a change in the weather makes, we have a renewed energy and have started to make plans once again.  Gerard's rehabilitation thankfully is been done on the Island but it does mean driving backwards and forwards to town, taking about 40 minutes each way.  A minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things.  The sun setting over the croft is always a joy to behold and gives us renewed strength for another day.

As always thank you so much for all your lovely comments and a very warm welcome to a new follower, I hope you enjoy our little adventures through life.

See you soon.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

The New Season

As always I thank you all for all your comments and messages, they are so uplifting.  We have had a busy week with hospital appointments and such, made all the harder as Gerard is still unable to drive.  I am still nursing this awful virus although it is not as bad as it was.  The weather has started to pick up and there is a definite Spring like feeling around the crofts.  Lambs are been born all around us.

We had a walk over to our neighbours croft this afternoon to admire the new additions.  Gerard visited with Norman whilst I had a stroll.

There is a mixture of twins and singles and all of them are doing well.  The sight of them with their Mothers makes you smile.  New life and a new Season, a wonderful combination.

There first faltering steps are a delight.  There little faces as they snuggle up to their Mums a joy.

It was a real joy and indeed a privilege to have witnessed their humble beginnings and to walk softly around them as they encounter life.

Spring finally has made an appearance.

See you soon.