15th Dec

2014

The larch is one of my favourite trees. For some bizarre reason it was also a favourite of “Monty Python” and featured prominently in many sketches.  I’ve no idea why.  Unusually for conifers it sheds all its needles in autumn, but ...

5th Dec

2014

One of my pet hates is tangles of cables.  You know, at the back of the desk, there are many electrical devices plugged in and the wires are all entangled like a bowl of spaghetti.  I think I’ve always hated tangles, because even as a child little ...

25th Nov

2014

The Highland Clearances were a very dark episode in Scottish history when in the first half of the 19th century a vast wave of forced emigration took place as crofters were displaced from their lands in favour of sheep and deer.  The legacy of the ...

15th Nov

2014

They built things to last in the 9th century.  This is a picture of one of the great Pictish cross slabs scattered across Easter Ross which is standing in the burial ground of Edderton Old Church.  Despite the wind and weather a Celtic cross can still ...

5th Nov

2014

Well, this old Hebridean ferry boat has certainly gone up in the world!  Built in 1964 in Aberdeen, she used to ply the Inner Hebrides route between Oban and Mull, and later between Mallaig and Armadale, but after a major re-fit is now an exclusive ...