Saturday, May 30, 2009

While MiLady was hereabouts, we took her on a small journey round the Isle to see - hopefully - what the place is really like. It was raining. And the mist was down. And cold. All the same we had a fine time and MiLady OBE loved the place.
Here are two snaps from Rodel and the Golden Road.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mi Lady O.B.E

MiLady OBE on 'arris
Fresh from winning yet another gold medal at the World Cup Paralympic event in Manchester last week, MiLady Mcglynn popped up to the home-stead on the isle for a spot of relaxatery and what have you. As usual, twas lovely to see her again since Ms Mcglynn and I go back to when it all started sometime in 2001 at the Manchester Velodrome where I worked at the time.
If you don't know who MiLady is; she was on some BBC ALBA programme recently; she has won countless acheivement awards to complement her three Paralympic gold medals won with her tandem pilot Ellen Hunter in Athens and Bejing.
Makes me tired just thinking about it.
If you troll down the links on this blog you'll find Aileen's blog - which she faithfully swore she will update this weekend - when she gets back from the islae.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The garage desk
I like the Coop shop here on the island. It has all the things I require and lots I could be tempted with. I like the idea of a cooperative system and I like the Coops Fairtrade and eco stance. However, I cannot understand why they have fitted new open-fronted refrigeration units at the frot of the shop which are so inefficient they are cooling the whole area of the town let alone the shop. Goodness knows what their heating bill will be like inthe winter trying to offset the colling effect of the new units. We might even see a freezing over of the harbour at this rate!
Come on Coop, get you act together and stop wasting valuable enrgy.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Arts, and how they is done

Big news this week on Lewis is that the annual island arts show is over. Loads of wonderful work graced the walls on An Lanntair for a few weeks so that the local arty types can be inspired and have their purses eased quantitatively - hopefully. As it happens I was pleasantly surprised to have sold two pieces - so I can now purchase some more film :-)

Many thanks An Lanntair for another fine show.

Meanwhile; some info from our political people :-)

However, the most significant event looming on the Lewis horizon is the imminent retirement of Master Vehicle Technician and raconteur Rab of Rigs Road. Here we see Mr McMurdo updating his Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tell it like it is

Many people think these islands are cold, windswept and covered with cloud. Let this be said, it is is pretty well always like in the snap above. Honest!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

a lil bit o colour

After an afternoon shooting Toots Wilson, there seemed a need for a lil colour. And luckily, some slide film came back from being cooked - taken with the Perkeo. From the village looking over to Scotland :-)

Monday, May 11, 2009


Gerald has a lovely wee boatee in T'harbour in Stornoway. Its a replica Cornish something-or-other boat called Ammonite and looks really lovelee. Well, we, Eve & I, got an invite on board the other day and saw the compact nature of her.
Anyway, Gerald posed in the cabin door for me.


I'm just about to take off to the Moor to cut a bit of peat while the sun is shining and the breezes are light. Its a wonderful place up there - I love the peacefulness and the rolling landscape of mosses and heather over the peat. hese are couple of snaps I took yesterday with an old Pentax on Era100/Rodinal

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Just had contact from an 'old' friend from Manchester days - its made my day and its sure to be a great day today. The sun is shining too so a good walk on the wild side is in order.
This one is for you Grunter.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Its raining again

...but I managed to squeeze a quick troll down to the beach in between showers. Can't resist some lovely lambs to snap with the old Voigtlander 6x9. and here they are....

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Changing pairings

A lost Heron in Edinburgh
Old Tolsta road
Down Carloway way
Leith Water walk
From time to time, when I run out of my favourite film I try something new. I like to have some 400asa film around most of the the time to use in the AF Minolta so i tried some Fomapan 400. I lo0ved the Foma100 when i tried it with rodinal so thought I'd give this try but sloshed in PresyscolEF. The results I like.
Here's a couple or three from last week.