I am very pleased to say that Bla Bheinn (Blaven) has won the competition to secure funding for footpath renovation. Thank you everyone who voted.
Could I ask you to spare a minute to click the link: http://www.outdoorconservation.eu/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=1 and vote for Bla Bheinn. It really needs some work done on the eroding paths and this prize would really help.
Just a little update about Archie and what he’s been up to recently. As you know, we still have no word on the whereabouts of Magnus so with great sadness we have to presume the worst. Archie is bearing up very well, he’s being very diligent with his school work, not to mention the extra curricular activities. He has recently spent time in Norway ice climbing and time in the Cairngorms learning winter skills. He is developing a real love of the mountains and is already making noises about a trip to the Himalayas in his gap year. A real chip of the old block.
He did have a bit of an adventure back in October here in the Highlands, in fact it was next door to Strathnuin, right here on Loch Ness. He and his new friend Ben (who I’m currently writing about in The Owl Memory) had a bit of a kerfuffle with some bad types who had a dirty scam going. He has given me permission to write it all down so it will come in the form of ‘The Monster Factory’ as soon as I can get it written!
Let’s hope the Strathnuin spirits are a little less restless tonight. Last night was one long hullaballoo! Knocking, banging, creaking, tapping, sighing, moaning….everything but the rattling of chains! I wouldn’t like to say who is responsible, but I reckon Great Aunt Maud might be involved. She was never very happy here, always accused the Highland weather of giving her chilblains and arthritis. She’s probably just getting her own back.
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A huge thanks to the lovely folks who braved atrocious weather last night on the beautiful Isle of Skye to come and listen to my ramblings. Much appreciated. I should add that I was humbled to be on a bill with the wonderful Mandy Haggith whose gorgeous poetry anthology on the subject of trees is a must have.
On the way home the weirdness began to emerge once more. It was clear that there was a presence in the car with me, I don’t know who, or even what. It was benign, possibly benevolent and I felt no threat from it. But never-the-less, it was a spooky and strange experience.