All Quiet on the Western Front

I haven’t posted here in a while as I have been very busy and barely near the croft in the past fortnight!  I’m away at the weekends filming Sgoil nan Cuileanan (Puppy School) for BBC Alba, myself and Bud are going through the classes along with 11 other dogs and owners.  I think it’s due to be shown next April or so. 

This means that my parents have been keeping an eye on the livestock.  Everything is ok, the chicks are growing so fast (I’ll blog about them soon, with lots of pics) and the eye problem seems to have cleared up from all the sheep.  The Kune-Kunes are off to slaughter soon –  I have to admit that it cannot come soon enough!

I’ll post later about letting the ram out, update on the sheep eye problem and some pictures (like below) of a glorious morning in Ness!

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

I had the chance to go up the lighthouse in Ness for the first time ever – something I have been desperate to do for years! The lighthouse was built in 1862 so it is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. I was there today filming a piece marking this for Gaelic news, which should be broadcast before an event in Ness on 20th October. You can get more info on that event from the Islands Book Trust or Comunn Eachdraidh Nis. More pictures are available on my Flickr site.

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All Access Pass

So this has nothing to do with crofting life, but I wanted to post it anyway as I don’t really have another outlet for it! I was at Scotland v Macedonia last Tuesday and received a message mid-afternoon asking if I’d like to go trackside before the game – heck yeah! Myself and my brother Murdo were fortunate enough to receive these access all area passes!

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This was all thanks to Kenny Macleod, a Lochie working for the SFA. Here he is pictured on the right with Craig Levein (Scotland Manager)

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Of course myself and Murdo wanted in on the action too, here we are with Craig

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I was actually a little bit star-struck when I met him. I had an idea if what I wanted to say but all I could manage was good luck tonight!

I’m not mentioning the game because it was depressing but I will say that Levein is the right man for the job!

Anyway, we took the opportunity for a few more pics before taking our seats. What an experience – delighted! Thanks Kenny!

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