Thursday, August 22, 2019

boring, boring

So, do you think this bus is local or not?

Please don't mention the fact that we have been away. Does it show? Does my arse look bigger now? It should do since I've been sat in a car for years going and coming to Engerland to attend the Lovelee Pardoe's betrothal.

Monday, August 19, 2019


We are off to see Bonky, Eve's delightful mother soon. And I am so looking for to it.

Sunday, August 18, 2019


This was a few years back. You can see what we were up to so I'll stop here.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

wee housey

Found this neg down the back of this settee. Nout sure who lives there and everything but it's near Londinium, Englandshire

Thursday, August 15, 2019

they passed by closely

yesterday we enjoyed a lovely stroll on the beach - as we have done most days this week. EVe seems to be getting into this retirement lark. Had a lovely trippette to south lochs to see William and Gemma and snap up the locality - as one does. you never know, I might even have something to show for it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Gas cylinder with safety buoy

Lucrecia has pronounced.
This is rubbish! She didn't say that but I have translated it since she has been living in the westcountry England for far too long. "Will this be accompanied by other images ?" Lucrecia questioned. "I suppose it has a certain interest" she continued cutting me down to size with that sort of look one remembers from schooldays. I think I remember but it was a while ago. I can imagine at least. I am sure Lucrecia will make a fine teacher.

A snap with beauty from my Images of the island so you don't have to come series.

Managed a short bike ride this morning with Eve in the sunshine. On the old road bike since I had a less than enjoyable problem with the emtb. The front wheel came out while riding slowly uphill. not something I want to repeat so I am getting a torque arm for it.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Binscape on the westside

All the best binscapes come from the westside of the island. It must be the air. or the wind anyway. This is by the broch which is closed to be - not sure what really, re-roofed perhaps, or rebuilt - putting wifi in possibly. Anyway it was open this day despite me not going in. I was distracted by the bins - and who wouldn't be? Lovely placement. I've tried to replicate this type of placement at home on the east side of the island but we just cant pull it off like them westsiders.

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Lucrecia has been here for a few days and i'm worn out already. Flipping heck she is getting more like her mother by the moment. Lucrecia is learning up some more photo darkroom techniques before she starts teaching it at some posh southern skool in September - one page ahead of the students and all that. doing me 'ed in I tell e. Pinholes snaps, developing, printing, lumen prints and chemigrams - some of which actually work !
Now I hear Mater and Pater managed to get on the ferry to here so they'll be here later. I am currently looking for the deepest pile carpet to throw myself off the edge of.

The snap is not of or by Lucricia but of dearest Eve who made my recent celebration of the day of my birth so lovely. new socks and everything !

Friday, August 09, 2019


The mechanical fayre came to Stormoway tother day. too noisy and too many yoofs for my liking but I passed by all the same taking this snap as I did. There was a carnival but we missed that.

Unwanted portrait

Toots and the disembodied hand.
He forced me to take the snap.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

when one isn't enough

Now, go away and sit in a cool place and come back and tell me you like these snaps!

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

mr myres is back

Mr Myres is back on the island so I can continue my exploration of the 'unwanted portraits' theme. This time on Fuji Industrial 100 film.

Monday, August 05, 2019

duble truble

See, mainlanders I tell e. Eh? What's all that about then?
I think it was mainland anyway. One get to an age where one can't always pin things down as to where and when they 'were'.

They were somewhere and some when anyway.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Do you know this book?

This is a rather lovely book. The snaps are lovely and gifted one birthday by dearest Eve.  well worth a look and I suspect the lovely Mhairi Law was drooling when I sent her the website link the other day .

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Friday, August 02, 2019

Thursday, August 01, 2019

I found a roll of colour film down the back of the settee

and now you have the pleasure of me having exposed it.

Now I know you'll want some more of this loveliness. and even if you don't you might yet see some more anyway.

I think I shall call this one; "loneliness of a long distance life"

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


My dearest Eve takes her last day of paid employment today. I do hope she will enjoy a very well deserved and long retirement - probably out on her bike more,

In celebration, Eve here eats a cream covered scone at The Hub cafe.

Monday, July 29, 2019


While I was slumming it in Derby the other day waiting to say final goodbyes to my uncle, I tootled along to the new Velodrome there. Lovely building and track. lo and hold there was an old pal Chris Pyatt coaching a session including this fast looking Paralympic rider. Tooked with the Olympus XA.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Just walk on by. We have messed the world up too much already

Yes, it was me. Did a bit of flying down to Englandshire, helping create more CO2 and everything. Sorry about that. I didn't buy anything though. Which airport / retail zone was this then?

The Chat went ok I think. No-one fell asleep, some people liked what I do and one lovely lady wants to paint [portraitise] me. How good is That? Very since you ask.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

You didn't come to my little chat did you?

I know, there was love island or somesuch on the tv. The Archers had something exciting going on on radio 4. Eh?
Better than my chat was it?
Actually I'm sure it was. Trouble is you missed why I choose this snap today. And a different one yesterday.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

a chat to myself - probably

Today is the day when, this evening I shall do a wee illustrated chat at an Lanntair arts centre.
I might say something interesting so do come along.

Someone saying something interesting a few weeks ago. I can't remember what it was he said but it was interesting.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Horses, horses horses.

This is Horse.
There are more here in the village.
Lots of them.
and it's lovely to see them as they get ridden and not eaten.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Yes, we get fog

Yes, fog is a thing in North Tolsta. Even when everywhere else is crystal clear Tolsta may well be fog bound. The bus still run although the council is doing its best to stop them

Saturday, July 20, 2019

barrel scraping

I may be scraping the barrel but i am enjoying doing it. I have things to do, places to go to and things to think about. I will be back at the snap-face soon.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


I lived there once for a few years - never again. I have been known to visit now and again like here in 2012.

We met some lovely people that day and saw some fine bicycle riding.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


I seem to have been talked into giving a mild chat about my blog in An Lanntair next Thursday 25th. It's supposed to be an artists talk but they are making an exception for me. I must try and think of something to say :-)

Monday, July 15, 2019


I haven't been to a gala recently. The last one was at Carloway here. And yes, i did have a sort of camera with me.

Sunday, July 14, 2019


This Ron, Ron the builder. This was Dec 2007 don't you know - at Garry beach.

I met Ron again today. In An Lanntair and no, he is not a builder now but a tinkerer of 1 and 0 s. On the web and all that. He looks the same. Ron remembered my name too. Well, he remembered I had a name anyway. I shall try and photograph his new vehicular project soon. stay toned.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I like it here

When the sun shines - as it does for a couple of days a year, this island is the perfect place to be and ride a bike. So those days, when and if they arrive we make the most of the place. Have an Olympus XA in the pocket is nice too.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sleep deprivation

I've not been sleeping of late. it's not from the lack of trying. Exercise, rest, meditation all helps or not but mostly not the the moment. As a consequence I've been wandering round like a zombie. This is something that I enjoyed for years - all part of my seemingly ongoing, reinvigorated M.E.. It will pass - it always does but in the meantime .....

We, my dearest Eve and I did get out for a little potter on the quiet roads hereabout the other day. On Monday one of Eve's pre-retirement days off. Oooof, twas lovely even if I despite an electric wheel on the bike did have to come home to have a rest immediately afterwards - and it was only a 6 mile ride albeit a tad hilly. Hardly TDF stuff !

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Bicicletta Maru

So, if you are in the Itama area of Osaka, don't miss a visit to this lovely bicycle shoppe just opened by ex keirin racer and former world masters sprint champ. Here I took this snap of the great man - yes he rode for our track racing team, Yasumitsu-Schlapp - at the Manchester Velodrome where we made friends.
I might add, for those who care, this was taken with an old 5x7 soviet shutterless camera on Ilford glass plate. As you do.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019


we weren't there today but sunning ourselves suitably whilst riding our bikes round the Bhaltos Peninsula. Dearest Eve is working down to her retirement in a fw weeks !

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Bikist with pizza

Not sure if the pizza had pineapple on - it might have since we are a tad behind trend. However, I was wondering why he was cycling towards the pizza place rather than away from it.