1 February 2018

January 2018

January bringing beautiful skies and new horizons

We have a new addition to the croft,
very tiny and very cute.

Meet little Tilly !

Tilly just fits into my hat and like all our other animals
loves sleeping !

If you are not a cat person 
you are advised to skip through the next kitty photos...

On the way home from picking up Tilly
we stopped off to see Malc's Mum
so that she could have a cuddle,

we almost lost her as she did the rounds
to meet the staff and the other residents too.

Being a social creature the excitement 
can sometimes be a bit too much to handle
and you have to take a nap when you can.

Now where's that chocolate box ?

Has she won your heart yet ?

Wilma has been a fantastic terrier !

After the first two days when she thought that Tilly 
was just a skinny rabbit to be eaten
she made friends and they have been playmates ever since.

The morning play-fight, no teeth or claws !

Playing hide and seek under the washing 
is always a good game

and hiding in the log pile

and Tilly is still small enough at the moment
to torment Wilma from under the sofa

and when Wilma is fed up with being struck in the eye..

she tries to stuff Tilly down between the sofa cushions.

What more could I wish for, a new kitty curled up
 with our ferocious, rabbit-eating terrier ?

Aww !

the kitty and Wilma and the rug all look much the same
but you can just make them out.

Tilly is very much a "shoulder" cat and likes
 to be involved in the every day activities 
of making tea and washing up.

As you can see, nothing and no one other than Tilly
has had my full attention this month.


Around the croft...

Zara sharing her Sunday lunch with her two best mates

Zara will always follow if there is food at the end,
especially on a snowy day

Morning photos looking out from the croft...

 the beginning of 2018,
 the calm, morning waters of Loch Ewe on 1st January


Our underground root cellar for storing potatoes,
 ie an old broken freezer sunk into the ground
incorporating a simple thermal syphon.

This  system keeps the potatoes at around 3 degrees,
with a continual airflow and humidity
and so enables us to keep the potatoes much longer 
without them going soft and starting to sprout.

The bucket of stones on the top is just to stop the lid
flying open in the winds !

For all other technicalities contact Malcolm


I had a lovely day in the barn with two friends
transforming a fleece into a snuggly rug,

from laying out ..

wet felting with soap and warm water..

wrapping it up and rolling it 400 times
in four directions..

rinsing it ..

and washing it, drying it and fluffing it up 
into a rug that Tilly seems to have claimed as hers.

Thank you for the lesson girls and great company !


January visitors to the croft

Keith and Elke were travelling around the Highlands
with no fixed agenda
and we were lucky enough to be able to spend time
 with them and learning about their fascinating lives.

Keith thought that using two pairs of binoculars 
would help to see the view across the loch !

Perhaps it's due to living in a tent in Norway !


Book of the Month

a lovely book lent to us from a friend,
 a real delightful read,
thank you Fee.


 Quote of the Month

I thought that this would be a wonderful start to 2018,



 Yes, I know, we're all just getting over this last Christmas
but I came across this on Pinterest
and thought what a lovely idea !

 Perhaps we should give some thought during the year
to find the perfect book and favorite chocolates
for our family and friends 
and spend next Christmas Eve cosied-up Icelandic style.


 After a month of snow, rain and wild winds
perhaps it's time to take a leaf out of Tilly's new book...

just keep cosy and warm for February 
and wait for spring to arrive

from June and Malcolm
on a windswept Highland croft

22 December 2017

December 2017

Happy Christmas to you all !


A few snapshots of what's been happening
in the Highlands in December
around the croft

Wilma just loving the snow

and after the fun ...
a nice little snooze with her sleepover-mate

and when you're bored with looking out into the blizzard...

what better than getting your nose stuck into
 a lovely fresh bale of hay

Thought we had the beginnings of a football game,
horses are supposed to love playing .....

but Wilma seemed to claim the ball (a bouy actually) as her own
and sent Zara away

Glorious sunshine on the snow covered logs

Funny bunny footsteps in the snow


Some Aultbea fun

The local primary school put on an amazing performance
of Jack and the Beanstalk,
they get better and better each year!

Well done and thank you all for a fabulous evening's entertainment


Courtesy of Forbes Garage in Aultbea,

a friendly tyre-man

 and an alternative Christmas tree

thanks Alex, love them !


Update on Malcolm's Mum for all her fans

The local gaelic choir
came to the care home where Malcolm's Mum is now staying 
and we were able to share in an evening of remarkable singing, 
a real delight,

thank you all very much !

The care home also arranged a fabulous Christmas party 
that we were invited to.

We discovered that some of the staff
 have such beautiful voices

and the staff put on a scrumptious spread of food
and a remarkable raffle

Young talent came to entertain
 with singing and fiddle playing

and the staff were certainly not lacking in humour !!

They used anything they could find to play "music" on,
cardboard urinals, saucepans, wheelchairs, mops
and trolleys !!

Santa and his elf (the owners)
played a big part in the festivities

and enjoyed the fun

Lots of little people came along, too

to dance, to sing and make everyone smile !

Someone has to join in the dancing,
so it might just as well be us.

Thank you all at Isle View 
for a wonderful afternoon.


Poem of the Month

I'm not sure who wrote this next little poem or when, 
found it on Pinterest,   but it made me laugh
and brought back glorious memories of my lovely Mum
who never did have time for dusting
because she was always so busy
 loving and giving to everyone around her.

Miss you Mum.


Dust if you must

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there,
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind,
And when you go - and go you must,
You yourself will make more dust.


At this time of year everyone is rushing around,
surprised that Christmas has arrived so soon,
wondering where the time has gone
and planning for the forthcoming year,

so this next little picture (found on Pinterest)
seemed very calming and appropriate.


Book of the month

Someone very kindly sent us this lovely little book
this month

but we don't know who, 
so don't know who to thank,

so if it was you "thank you"


So, from Zara, always big on eating,

Malcolm, always big on new adventures,

Wilma, always big on relaxing,

and me, well always daft !

a warm

 and  a 
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