Category Archives: Skye

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Busy in the real world…

Apologies that it’s been a bit quiet here but we’ve been somewhat pre­oc­cu­pied with non-virtual activ­it­ies includ­ing (but not limited to) painting the outside of the café, repaint­ing the loos, tearing up the hall carpet and painting the floor, adding a sparkly light fitting to the hall, spring cleaning the kitchen and repaint­ing the store […]

A Midwinter Night’s Drive

Last night’s solitary drive back from Inverness was long, wet, dark and fuelled by music.  Deer on the road are my main concern at night, espe­cially on the stretch from Cluanie through by the Five Sisters. Looking for movement, the amber flash of their eyes in the head­lights, or the light shield-shape that demarc­ates their […]


I wish I’d taken a series of phở­to­graphs of parts of Skye, to measure how much the trees have grown over the years. Every so often it’s a bit of a surprise: you notice a piece of forestry and it occurs to you how much taller and thicker the trees are, but it’s been creeping […]

Moonlit night on Skye

The night of 19th September saw a beau­ti­ful moon over Skye.

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 […]