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58 North 6 West, first week

November 5, 2013

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Peter and I spent most of last month at Bhaltos on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. I have selected a few photos from over 300 …

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In the museum at Uig Community Centre a very large and comprehensive handmade and handwritten book about tweeds rests on a book-cushion.

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Waterfront, Stornoway.

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We took part in a 10k run/walk around the Valtos peninsula. This was to raise funds for the Linda Norgrove Foundation, which supports women and children in Afghanistan.

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We made two visits to Callanish standing stones, erected about 5000 years ago. The stones, between one and five metres in height, are of local Lewisian Gneiss. They were put in place when the climate was milder, the sea was lower and the land more fertile. Much later, conditions changed and the site was encroached upon by blanket bog.

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On the way home we spotted a stone circle on the skyline and went to investigate. This one is known as Ceann Hulavig or Callanish IV.

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Making hay the Viking way.

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An Suileachan,  a magnificent work of land-art commemorating the 19th century Lewis land clearances and the 20th century Reef Raiders and celebrating the Scottish Land Reforms and the creation of the Bhaltos Community Trust. It was designed by Marian Leven and Will Maclean and made by local craftsmen. We walked there twice with Magnus the dog.

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This scene reminds me of some of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings. Different landscape but a similar atmosphere.

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A bargain from the  Red Cross shop in Stornoway: bobbins of Harris Tweed yarn at 50p each.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Young permalink
    November 6, 2013 9:05 am

    Thanks so much for sharing the photos – they remind me of our wonderful visits to Lewis and Harris (Luskentyre) the landscape has such a special quality even, or especially, when the skies are grey. See you soon
    Karen xx

  2. November 6, 2013 3:21 pm

    Gorgeous! All of it. I will get to the Western Isles one day – promised my Dad, and my friend who lives on Colonsay.

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