Raised beds

April 2022 We’ve been in our home for three years now and our attempts at establishing a productive garden in the Outer Hebrides have been met with a number of challenges which we’re pleased to say we’re learning from. In 2020 we reported on

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Vegan Queen

In the summer of 2021 we had the pleasure of hosting a rather special guest at our B&B. Her name is Jen Armstrong and she’s a very talented singer/songwriter. We also found that we have a lot in common with Jen: she’s vegan, she

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Winter solstice

28 December 2021 Image credit: Callanish Solstice watercolour painting by Joe Trodden Last Tuesday was the shortest day of 2021. At around 4pm GMT on 21 December, the ‘sun stood still’ and the solstice occurred. At our latitude, the sun set at 3.37 on

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Christmas Stollen

December 2021 One of our favourite treats at this time of year is Stollen, the German equivalent of the Christmas cake. While we were living in Germany, we generally bought a Stollen at the local store, but since moving to the Outer Hebrides, we’ve

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The New Bernera Bridge

November 2021 We live on the island of Great Bernera, which, since 1953 has been connected to the Isle of Lewis by a 108ft (33m) single track bridge (see photo above). Before that, the only (dry) way for humans to reach Bernera was by

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Island on the Edge

By Helen One book which has had a great impact on me is Island on the Edge: A Life on Soay by Anne Cholawo. In 2018, while touring the Outer Hebrides looking for a house to buy, I started questioning my decision to make

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