Monthly Archives: June 2012

Embracing family

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We, as an extended family, have no problem with getting   of the camera lens. Photo-taking has been very much a part of our lives since we were little. And since my eldest brother took an interest in photography that lead to his pursuing it to a professional level, photos and cameras are an even greater part of our lives! All of ‘the siblings’ take photos almost every day, even more so with the wonderful tool that is the iPhone! Embracing the camera isn’t something we have difficulty with! But I do think we need to be more deliberate in sharing these photos, and in recording the memories and context that go along with them. What an even better insight and memories to cherish for future generations seeking a glimpse into the lives of their forefathers.

This has been a lovely week, despite the rain and clouds covering us for days! Surprisingly though, the coming of the rain has been like the welcome return of a dear friend, our gardens, and lochs, and everywhere really, have been getting pretty dry over the past month. Some older folk in Leverburgh here have actually said that they have never seen the loch beside our house as low for.as.long.as.they.remember! There has also been the welcome return of my brother Colin and his fiancé Nma. They came on Monday for a little holiday break, and they’ll be leaving at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Not really the crack of dawn. That would be at 4.30 am here right now, and then it isn’t even dark here, especially when there is little to no cloud cover. A night of twilight! They’re catching the early ferry, so an early start whatever the light! Not as horrible as in the dark of mid-winter though.

They have had a quiet week, set against my busyness of organising various events such as a youth club BBQ on Friday night (I hope it’s dry by then!) and youth camp which is coming up in the next couple of weeks. We went out to the Anchorage for a lovely dinner tonight (the only restaurant in Leverburgh, but so nice you don’t need anywhere else!) and decided to get a photo of us all to remember our week. After many attempts with the timer, we managed to get an acceptable one! Even if not such amazing quality, it’s the photo moment that counts! How do you Embrace the Camera?

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A horsey day

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What a lovely day we had yesterday! My brother Seoras and his girlfriend Stephanie are home on the island for a little holiday, and we decided to do something fun, out of the ordinary, along with my sister Mairianne. We went horse-riding/pony-trekking! Guess where? On the beach! It was such a beautiful day, and with lovely company. But Seoras and Mairianne’s horses were rather lazy and were miles behind us the whole way! It was nice to get more experience with horses. In another life, I would have loved to have been a ‘horse-person’. We embraced the experience (a first time for Seoras, very brave he was, and well matched with his horse who kept eating whatever he could reach! He must have needed the extra energy carrying Seoras!). Embraced the sunshine and breeze, and the camera. So thankful we have some shots to help remember a lovely day on the Isle of Lewis. We’re stuggling to embrace the sore legs and bum now though!

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↓ Seoras on Ben; Stephanie on Roddy; Mairianne on Paddy; Me on Sherridon. {before we clambered off and collapsed in a heap of jelly legs}

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Gardening days

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We are still enjoying our spell of lovely weather here, sunshine and no rain! But there has been a drop in temperature, it’s no longer scorching, we even had to give the heating a blast last night- the first time in weeks. But we’re making the most of it here on the hill, in the garden mostly. Ruairidh has been turning and planting in our little vegetable plot. The potatoes are now in the ground! My battle in the garden just now is with that sly villain crocosmia, not weeds as you might expect! Our garden (really quite a bit area, ranging from wilderness to cultivated beds) is overrun by crocosmia. I think it is a lovely plant, very lush looking, sturdy, and the orange flowers in the autumn are just stunning, especially when colours are fading from the garden. But for some reason, ours is spreading EVERYWHERE! It grows from a bulb, and of course, the bulbs multiply underground. But our kind also seem to have seeds that scatter EVERYWHERE as well. We are being overrun! My first focus was on a bed beside the house, that used to be in front of the old shed which was knocked down at the end of last year. I thought it was a promising place to begin, especially with the hydrangea bush in the centre (albeit a tired, scrawny bush!). Buuuuuut, the rest of the bed was chock-a-block full of crocosmia! It took ages to get all that crocosmia, and all the bulbs, out of the bed. They are now mournfully waiting being turned into a bonfire! “Get rid of the beastly things!!”

After adding some extra soil, I added some plants donated by my dad from his recent garden maintenance spree, and planted some seeds, also donated by seeds. The plants (primrose & big daisies- my name for them!) seem to be happy enough, but the sunflowers are the only little babies that have appeared so far. Sad! It might have something to do with the fact that they were ancient! Stored over decades (well, one at least!) in a dusty corner in Dad’s garage, they may be a bit past it. I will wait in hope a weee bit longer yet!I thought I’d share some pics to show the progress, more to come soon. I guess they’ll in understanding what it is I’m on about!

 

In the corner beside the steps, the mound of bulb was as high as the top step! There were bulbs on top of bulbs, on top of bulbs, all pinky-brown and fresh looking because they had never actually been in any soil! Ugh, they look creepy!

{More photos in the next blog post}

My indoor-sowed seeds are coming along much better. The Morning Glory is out of the nursery, little seedlings getting taller! I have to think about where they’re all going to go outside now! (See flickr for a snapshot of them.)