Saturday, December 31, 2016


Fanks everso for following me into the abyss that is the end of the year - nearly.

I promise to do better next year, shoot some interesting stuff and show it here. Now, that's a promise.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Back to the goodness

I'm finding nice images from time to time. They leap out at me so to speak.
This one did anyway.

I'm just out of the darkroom - sloshing chems around on paper that has seen the light - some light anyway.

I've decided 2017 will be a good year. The sort of year one remembers for the nice things that happened. Just remember to put that in your diary.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Don't forget

I won't. I'll remember.

I have a little talkette thing happening about my little blurry snaps.
An Lanntair Feb 22nd I think. Do come along. Please.

I would have thought about what to say by then. Something that sounds like I know what I'm doing and that this sort of thing doesn't happen by accident when I trip the shutter by chance. I can make up a story - it's the sort of thing one does at this sort of thing.
I might even do a bit of mime. Why not? Just as likely to make some sense.

And no, there will be no colour

Monday, December 26, 2016

Talking and everything

Look at that!

My very own talk thing. No idea what I shall say - perhaps we'll have a mass sing in. Eh?

Be nice to see you there.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Yep, one day.

Yep, one day I'll be round there again on a bike - an E 'dup bike courtesy of Bespoke Cycle Repairs. And when I do I shall let you know - probably endlessly.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy whatever

So, it is that time of year again - the Festival of over-consumption. Not my fav time of year but others like it for whatever reason so there we are.

My snapping is still continuing and will do so while I can afford film.

I'm so grateful for everyone who visits here throughout the year despite the drivel I sometimes write. Many many thanks.

Here's hoping you have a fine time at this time of year whatever it means to you and yours. Best wishes to all - whatever your age, colour, gender or camera orientation - for a healthy, happy and peaceful, kind, giving 2017.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Can I hide in here ?

Yes, yes in there quick!

Our chestnuts are coming to the end of their being when we crush them up, pop them in brioche pastry for our lunch. Turk won't be ending it's days for me.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wee breeze

First wee breeze of the winter the other day and there was chaos in Stormoway harbour. One boat aground and all the others getting a right old bobbing around. Twas horrible here in Brevig harbour too. Not much shelter here at the best of times but with the wind coming from the south - it was not good at all.

The little Pentax Espio Mini camera I had with me didn't like the wind and rain at all. Neither was the Polypan-f film a good choice but, the camera seems to be still working and we have some images.
After the spell of warm, calm weather we always were going to have a  blow soon.

Sunday, December 18, 2016


Does it look like it?

North Tolsta; Little wind. All the electricity is being used to the power the coloured lights on the houses - some sort of winter celebration - and there's little left to power the windmill to get the air moving.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bad weather

There's not any forecast soon but hey, it's the Outer Hebrides so who knows? Having said that we are more likely to have sheeps flying by in hurricane winds  !
This was from a few years back when the ice stayed around for ever - almost.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I've been raiding the archives

Nothing extraordinary but pleasant all the same and a place i rather like. Tis down the road a wee bit and left a tad.

Monday, December 12, 2016

10 years

This weekend my dear Eve & I were celebrating 10 years of wonderfulness as proper legal civil partners and 15 years together. How lovely is that?

Been a lovely 15 years, ten of which we have been up here in the frozen north. Only on Saturday, Stormoway was the place with the most sun in the UK - and, it is rather mild here at the moment.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hebrides, Faeroes

Force 7-8 gusting 9 at times.

There was a wee breeze the other day. It accompanied the rain. You know, just a normal day. As it happens I wasn't feeling at my best so just had a small stroll to brush the cobwebs away. And they did get blown away along with the dustbins and the little P&S camera in my hands on this dull dull, wet and breezy day.

The sea was a tad rough too. I was going to snap up the sea but I couldn't see much through the rain - even on the beach. Trust me, it wasn't very happy and I was glad not to be out in it in our little boat Freyja. Or on the ferry !

Saturday, December 10, 2016

It must be...


Birmingham of the north[ish] or something.

Tis a nice place if you are passing through and don't have to fight through the crowds, dodge the traffic and breathe the 'air' for too long.

This is Glasgow.

Can you tell? Seen through the 'lens' of the Pentax Espio 170sl.

Almost looks like a nice place in this snap.

Vibrant. Yes, vibrant.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Loving this

Ooh, I'm just loving these snaps. Not entirely sure what the subject is but surely that makes them all the more intriguing.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Might have

Might have been suffering from a lurgy these last few days. Woke up one day head spinning like a top - or that's what it felt like. I hadn't been drinking alcohol either!

Not sure what's going on but perhaps it's a virus or some such thing. Hope it goes away soon before I topple over onto the stove or something :-(

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Cats all over the place

I had the great pleasure of chatting to this lovely lady the other day. The sun was shining, there was no wind and I dragged Toots out of his stupor to accompany me on this little expedition down Crossbost way. I've been down there before for a little stagger along the 'peninsula' - rabbits all over the place. Only this time with Toots in tow I lingered enjoying the warmth of the December sun on the little beach. Twas lovely. The sun glistened on the glassy water as an occasional fishing boat coughed by and seabirds flapped unconcernedly around.

Then I noticed the cats. And another finding its way back to the little croft house by the sea as the occupant emptied the car of her shopping and a potential feeding arose.

I know it's unlike me but I sidled up, passed the time of day mentioning the glorious weather quickly answering the usual question of 'are you on holiday'? "No I live here in North Tolsta" I said. She smiled and the little cat jumped on her shoulder. such a charming creature and there were seven more around the place. And countless chickens too.

Anyway, I asked permission and with her approval shot this quick snap with the Baldi 6x6 I had with me. I might even print a copy for the subject!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Menagerie

Yorkshire if you must. Snapped up the old place on a stroll round Nostell Priory. Used a little point and shoot with Foma 320 doused in Rodinal. Seems to like it.

I liked the place too. Proper lovely to stroll among the tress.

Friday, December 02, 2016

I have half an exhibition here

From one roll of cheap as chips film. Must have been the quality of the light, or the proximity to the city. Maybe.
I might get round to developing the other roll of film soon.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I'll tell you the snap to like

You can like this one.
A masterpiece if ever I saw one.
Not printed yet but soon will be.
Printed at least 5x7 so you have to look at it - not just sidle by on the other side of room in that disinterested way one does when you hang a multi brightened up coloured depiction of a beach with fluffy clouds. You know the sort. Or should do.

This was taken with an old rangefinder camera, guessing the exposure and the like. It wasn't on this island. We don't have mechanical horses on rails. Not yet anyway.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

and breathe

Back home again.
Travelled all the way down and back.
Trains, planes and buses.
Lovely to be home

Monday, November 28, 2016

Near Freyja

Freyja, our little super-yacht will now be nestling somewhere near here, biding her time till we return from England. Eh? Yes, we have been away. relatives and all that.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sparkle. Or something

Yes they opened it. Drank the wine and juice. Spoke the requisite words.

Truth will win out.

Now go and see the excellent exhibition.

I even captured the sparkle of the occasion.

Friday, November 25, 2016


I was going title the post 'sun' but I didn't want to attract the wrong sort of notice.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

La la la, la etc

Please don't tell me I cannot take a portrait to save my life.

This is him. Not seen him for ages then several of him came along at once. The Ilford Sporti did a fine job in collecting him up.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Been busy

Not making snaps but mending the wee yacht, sailing the thing, visiting peeps ooh, and keeping Toots here company in the woods.

Sorry about the lack of wordage on this ere blog but the world is satirising itself and doesn't require me to comment at the moment.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Looking at another world

There I was wondering if I could stand the day. Cope with what life was throwing at me, the sun warming my back and the wind caressing my ears.

Then, all of of a sudden it appeared as it by some flip of reality. I liked it a lot and took myself off home to make Beany sheepherders pie for tea.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Did I tell the sun shone?

It shone briefly on me and my self on the beach. The big beach by the village that is.  I had the Perkeo with me and shot around a bit.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Twas howling

This is the harbour entrance at Brevig, just down the coast. it's not the best protected in this weather direction but hey, a little boat did come in.

Trying to hold the camera steady in a force 8 was no easy task I can tell you.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Oh, you're back.

I'm in a state of non-plusssedness. No, thank goodness it's not the 54th state of Trumpton.
The wind has been blowing, the rain falling, me bones aching and I'm still awaiting that flash of inspiration to come upon me.
I took this to placate my mind. It didn't work..