Drymen Show, 2019

Hello everyone, it’s Tom here popping in to tell you about my latest photographic assignment – the 2019 Drymen Show. In 2017, as part of a project for my darkroom and film photography course at City of Glasgow College I set about documenting – and celebrating – the people, the animals and the work involved…

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positive change

When I look back on this year, one of the most interesting things for me personally has been the number of small changes that have occurred in recent months. When one considers such changes individually they don’t seem like much – but when I think of them collectively, their impact on me has really been…

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Carbeth swan dance

For a few months now, I have been riffing off the same idea (which really is one of my favourite activities as a designer). I’ve knit four Carbeth jumpers and two cardigans (for the tale of woe involving number 5 see here) . . . but Carbeth’s interesting gauge-related ratios and simple geometric shaping weren’t…

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feline farewell

Last week we said goodbye to our cat, Jesus. Now, some of the (very few) weird communications I’ve had over the years on this blog have related to the name of our long-lived and much beloved feline and all I can say to those who find themselves troubled by his moniker is that there is…

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dog days

Hiya! It is I, Bruce. Today I am here to tell you about the phenomenon known as DOG DAYS. Now, I was frankly very excited when I heard there were some DAYS named after DOG. If it was up to me, such days would involve many favourite DOG things: things such as SWIM, STICK, SNOOZE,…

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more wild goats

As you may be aware, I have a particular fondness for wild goats. The wild goats of the Oa are a highlight of any Islay visit and you may remember that I produced a design last year in honour of a famous local herd – the Goats of Inversnaid We have recently been doing a…

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infrared

Hiya, it is I, Bruce. Today I am here to tell you about Tom’s latest obsession, which is a thing called Infrared. A few weeks ago, Tom acquired a camera from one of his favourite photographers, a man named David Clapp. Now this Clapp takes interesting photos and Tom was very excited to experiment with…

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mair goats

We are having a very productive time here in Islay, and, with the help of Mel and Gordon, have now photographed two-thirds of the garments and accessories for the new collection. We’ve also been enjoying the island’s wildlife – including witnessing the seasonal arrival of migrating geese; spotting hen harriers, eagles and chough above us…

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Goat train!

Hello from Islay where we are having a fantastic (and very productive) time! I am so pleased with the photographs that I (rather than Tom) shot this morning that I just had to share a couple with you. As you know, I’ve got a bit of a thing about wild goats (so much so that…

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its the weekend!

Thank you for all your comments on the last post! And especially for the helpful recommendation of water shoes – my dropped foot annoyingly makes many kinds of footwear very tricky to manage (it refuses to walk in any kind of flip-flop or heel-less sandal, for example) so I’d sort of not thought of trying…

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tomatoes no more

I just wanted to write a quick post to record a few of our gardening successes . . .and failures, this year. Growing vegetables here has many challenges: the soil is waterlogged, acidic, and clay-ey; and this being west-central Scotland, the weather tends to be, more often than not, cold, wet and windy. Last Spring…

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