Category My life

Enjoying the peace of the countryside… Or not!

To be fair, we brought it upon ourselves. The farmhouse is Victorian, built with no storage anywhere inside as in those days they liked to have everything on display. At some point in the past, someone built a little utility room onto the side of the house, which helped a bit, but not enough. It […]

News!! A new book in the pipeline #Dressage

I have good news, although it will impact on my blogging for a while, I’m afraid. I was contacted last week by the commissioning editor of Crowood Press, current owners of the J.A. Allen imprint that publishes my equestrian books. She has come up with an idea for a new series of short(ish) books, ‘100 […]

Beautiful #Scotland – exploring where I live

I am so snowed under with stuff to do right now, unfortunately blogging is taking a bit of a back seat. Summer finally arrived in the Highlands, and that means when not working, its all hands on deck in the garden. As we have incredibly long days – currently daylight at around 4am, sunset after […]

#Blog review

As a consequence of the debacle over the copyrighted photo, I am now faced with the mammoth task of going back through all 835 posts, spread over the 8 years I have been blogging, to check and delete any pictures I am unsure of. It does, however, give me an opportunity to look back over […]

Crampons, anyone? #NewZealand

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in Scotland – and much of the UK, I gather – we are dealing with snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. It’s not that we aren’t used to this in the Highlands, but it’s becoming rather tedious that it hasn’t changed since before Christmas. We […]

Farewell to #Orkney, via the Old Man of Hoy #Scotland

On our last morning on Orkney, we thought we should investigate a little closer to home – or rather, near to where we were staying with a friend who had kindly offered us the use of her converted steading (barn) for our stay. The property is at Deerness, around 13km south east of the main […]

Visiting Hoy, #Orkney #Scotland

It feels appropriate to start wrapping up my series of posts from Orkney – so many it will have taken a full year to complete! All the posts so far have been from the mainland, there was so much to see that we only had time to visit one of the other islands: Hoy, which […]

Orphir round kirk #Orkney #Scotland

Orphir is a region of Mainland Orkney where once again we were immersed in history, this time 11th/12th century, and back to the murder of St. Magnus First, we visited the Orkneyinga Saga Centre to view documents and a fantastic audio-visual display about the saga, which tells the extensive history of the jarls (earls) of […]

Cuween Hill Chambered Cairn #Orkney #Scotland

Back again to yet another Neolithic chambered cairn – this one, Cuween Hill, is the final one we visited, and I’m glad, because I can tell you, if this had been the first, I would never have gone inside! The approach is up a steep hill (guess the name gives that away!), and it isn’t […]

Earl’s Palace, Birsay, #Orkney #Scotland

A quick trip forward in time on Orkney again, moving from the Viking settlement across the causeway to the 16th-century Earl’s Palace on the Mainland. The ruins still display the layout and size of the palace, built around a large open courtyard. Nominally a castle (though it wouldn’t have been very defensible, in my opinion), […]