SHEDS one and two

Hello, it is I, Bruce. Today I am here to tell you about SHED. If you don’t know the meaning of SHED, I can reveal it is a strange wooden place with a distinctive smell in which humans like to spend a lot of time, particularly at this time of year. Here there are two…

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life with BOB

Hello, friends. It is I, Bruce. In case you’ve forgotten who that is, I’m the big black labrador who lives with Kate and Tom. I like SWIMMING, POTATOES, STICKS and BALLS, and enjoy living here among the woods and hills, where on my long daily WALKS with my humans, I am sometimes lucky enough to…

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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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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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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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haps, sheep, and me

Hiya! It is I, Bruce. For weeks – nay months – pretty much all I have heard about is haps. Kate has been writing about them, and making a book about them, and apparently she now just can’t stop knitting them. Now, these haps are all well and good, but other exciting things have been…

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Miss Rachel’s yoke and gauntlets (a closer look!)

As discussed in the previous post, this design is inspired by an early nineteenth-century shawl, collected by Rachel Kay Shuttleworth, and now part of Gawthorpe Textile Collection. The colourful, ribbon-like bands of the shawl immediately reminded me of one of my favourite colourwork motifs, a small, simple pattern which resembles an interlocking vine. The pattern…

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