Meeting people

The Old Man and the Sea

Watercolour after Norman Ackroyd, Mingulay Bay

After a day, sheltering for the endless rain, we decide to explore the town a bit further and find ourselves a nice dinner. Dressed in our dark green rain ponchos we wander around Castlebay. We are desperate for a hot and spicy meal and walk into the Kisimul café, a small Indian restaurant with views…

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The zombie apocalypse.

Popular Arisaig beach with tents and kayaks

Have you ever thought about what to do when zombies take over the world? Neither did I until I met James on a beach in Arisaig. We land our kayaks on that lovely beach on a glorious day, fully expecting not to have this gorgeous beach for our own. It is relatively close to the…

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I’m a weirdo and I know it

Tom Leppard, watching us over a botthy wall

What is that? Two kayaks are approaching the beach? Oh no, not today. He thinks back to an evening three nights ago when a couple in kayaks landed on his cleared beach. He had totally been ignored then. He’s not going to have that again! He’s going to scare them off by looking angry behind…

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Foraging companionship and the taste of seaweed

Plate with fried seaweed, Dulse

“Do you know the different types of seaweed?” the guy asks, he’s one of the 14 nephews and cousins we just met. They stay in the large house for the yearly work party on the currently unpopulated island of Ensay or Easaigh in Gaelic. Standing side by side, the house and chapel shape the deep…

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Rescued by Zorro’s mum

The roof of Ensay House in a nice evening Sky

‘When the infection is joint by high fever and shivers, this could indicate blood poisoning – a serious affliction in which medical attention is urgently needed.’ Alexander reads aloud from ‘The medical handbook for outdoor pursuits’, while the rain pours down on the tent. ‘What are we going to do?’ I ask weakly. The ring…

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When is the book coming out?

‘Did you come far today?’ ‘You’re my hero!’, ‘Are you sane?’ ‘In my next life, I want to join you!’ ‘That’s not a holiday!’ These are some quotes from the conversations we have with people along the way. People, who are fascinated when we come from this vast expanse of ocean and step out of…

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