Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Khams or Eastern Tibet by John Howard Jeffrey

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction: emptying the pine bookcase holding my textiles books to enable me to paint my new studio has resulted in a dozen boxes in the hall and kitchen, and a lengthy debate on whether they should go back in there or be relo­cated. This morning we think we […]

Midges and ghosts…

Oh dear it’s midgey this evening. When we first came up here on holiday in August each year, we heard about the midges but could not under­stand why they were given such prom­in­ence. All that changed on a warm still evening as I was leading a friend off Blaven. We got into the sheltered glen […]

Ditch the sat-nav: use a map!

One of the things I’ve dis­covered is that having a café means you become an informal tourist inform­a­tion centre. We now keep the North and South Skye OS maps on the fridge beneath the counter and they come out at least once a day to help people (often not cus­tom­ers) find their way. Most of […]

Summer’s here!

It’s Saturday evening and it’s been a baking hot day of cloud­less blue. Looking out of the café window, I’m envious of the yachts I can see moored over at Portnalong. The water is as blue as the Aegean and who could want to be anywhere else? Earlier in the week we had an unchar­ac­ter­istic […]

Heaven scent

It’s turned into a sur­pris­ingly warm day. At 4.15am when I took the dog in the garden, I could feel no dressing gown was required but all day the tem­per­at­ure has climbed, making the café kitchen noisy with refridger­a­tion equip­ment kicking in again and again.  Taking the dogs for a short walk down the road this […]

Festival approaching.…

I’m in Edinburgh taking the chance to do some restock­ing of books and textiles before coming home. Many of the students have already left town and there’s just a little lull before the cultural storm that is the Edinburgh Festival breaks over the city, but the early signs are already here. In the vintage clothing […]

Independence Day?

There’s been a dose of parental joking around No.2 son’s gradu­ation taking place on July 4th — along the lines of inde­pend­ence for us from main­tain­ing him, but it did have me thinking about the root of “gradu­ation” i.e. “gradus”, the Latin for step. In between sorting out the white tie and wing collar, enjoying […]