Saturday, 31 January 2015
For those who live in the far scattered villages on the end of the peninsula, and for those poor souls who dwell in such technologically benighted places as Glenborrodale, Camas Inas and Laga, this cable is a piece of junk as it'll do them no good at all - not unless they can persuade the people who administer the funds for this multi-million pound project to spend some extra money on them.
Dave Kime has worked incredibly hard to gather the evidence which should make their case, and it's being presented to Sandra Byrne, Community Broadband Scotland Adviser, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, when she attends the West Ardnamurchan Community Council meeting on 2nd February. Sandra is keen to help but needs evidence that the people who will miss out are really worried about it. So a big turnout to support him would add power to Dave's elbow. Please be at Kilchoan Community Centre at 8pm this Monday.
Update: BT are reported to have underspent on the broadband contract by some £92 million - see BBC report here. Perhaps just a wee bit of that could be channelled into West Ardnamurchan.
Friday, 30 January 2015
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Many thanks to Kilchoan Early Bird for the pictures of the hill sheep and the deer.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
The grass may be water reed, at one time a valuable local resource for roofing, but nothing here is thatched any more.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Looking up the phrase on Google produces a few references to the phrase - see, for example, this site - enough to prove that it relates to very ancient folk lore - ancient because, although monkey can be replaced by tiger, fox, rat, hyena and many other animals, it is used widely around the world.
The African origins of the phrase, as explained to me years ago, lie in a folk story. Back in the days when the world was young and all animals lived peacefully together, two monkeys wanted to get married. Only the lion could perform the ceremony but, being lazy, didn't want to. However, in answer to their pestering, he promised that, next time the sun came out while it was raining, he would perform the ceremony. The monkeys, unwilling to wait until the rainy season, which was months away, chose the next bright, sunny day and, while the lion was lying in his den, climbed up and scattered a gourd-full of water in front of its entrance so it looked like rain, obliging the lion to marry them.
It's a lovely story yet it's more than just a story because there's moral hidden in it.
Monday, 26 January 2015
The next two images come from a walk up Meall nan Con. This one was taken from the adjacent Meall Meadhoin across the caldera in the direction of Sanna
....while the second was taken from behind the beach at Fascadale looking towards Eigg, with the hills of Rum behind and those of Skye further away still.
Lastly, two photographs sum up the fortnight’s holiday in the Highlands. The first week on Skye brought enough clear skies to give grandstand views of the Cuillin....
....and the second week on Ardnamurchan delivered fine days in a slightly gentler, less awesome (in the true sense), more tranquil surroundings.
Many thanks, Marc!
Sunday, 25 January 2015
We parked the car at 'C' and walked north-northwest (red arrows) following....
We returned to the car along the road, with the rain building. All along the way we had kept a sharp eye open for any sign of the cairns raised after the battle. While we found a cairn on Sithean Mor, it was alone and beside a field that had been worked, so was probably a field clearance cairn. Our next exploration will be along the old Glendrian road.
Saturday, 24 January 2015
For several years now Mrs Diary has insisted on attempting to grow sweet peppers, and for years the Diary has been irritated at how.... paltry the results have been. Not that this has put the lady off, and this summer she grew two pepper plants in our glass-fronted vestibule. They produced, by the standards of Scottish peppers, a quite magnificent crop, but Mrs Diary refuses to harvest it. Each time the Diary passes them, he wonders why.