Forging deep connections – it’s human nature

One of the very best things about life at the moment is how new connections are being made across communities of all shapes and sizes.

I have been involved recently in pairing up volunteers with elderly friends who live alone and need help with shopping, medicine collection and other essentials. Individuals who live close to each other, but who have never previously met, are now finding new ways to come together.  It’s a marvellously uplifting beacon of light in what can otherwise feel like dark times.

And here’s another story of connection and community support.  The short film below is a wonderful breath of air and a celebration of all that is good about we humans.  Set on the Isle of Harris, it reminds me of fabulous the holiday which Hub and I had there a couple of years ago.  We were staying on the other side of the island from the location of this film.  But one of the intriguing local landmarks was the local postbox, which was emptied daily, even though we were at the end of a long and winding track (see featured image).

We have all rightly been clapping for NHS staff and healthcare workers in recent weeks.  And last week’s clap was additionally for all the amazing key workers who are keeping essential services going.  Staff across all parts of society, working in vital areas such as food shops and chemists; cleaners; dustbin collectors and of course our intrepid posties – they are all heroes who deserve our grateful thanks.



The Isle of South Uist: total nature immersion

For the final leg of our recent holiday, we were based on the beautiful island of South Uist.

The Outer Hebrides, with South Uist highlighted. From Google Maps

As with our previous holiday properties, we were staying in a gorgeous cottage, with an incredible view. Well done to Hub who made all our bookings.

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The Isle of Harris: a feast for the senses and the soul

After our recent two week stay on the Isle of Skye, we journeyed further north and west to the Isle of Harris. We were staying in the northern, mountainous part:

The Outer Hebrides, with the Isle of Harris in red (image from Wikipedia)

It was beautifully remote and dramatic:

We tried to make friends with the neighbours:


But they were having none of it:

So we contented ourselves with watching them from afar:


There was certainly plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. Immense, sweeping, breath-taking space. And if you look closely at this shot (click to enlarge), you will see a marvellous testament to the UK postal system. Collections were made from this post box every morning (except Sundays) at 08:30:


Yet there were places, particularly in the southern part of the island, where space became space-opera, with Luskentyre Beach playing a leading part. This is the most amazing spot. Miles and miles of clean, soft white sand, edged with a turquoise sea and, oh!, the skies!! It is impossible to do justice to this unforgettable location, but here are a few shots which give you some idea…

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A match for the sense of space was the spectacular light. With this last set of photos, none have been edited or enhanced: these were the very colours we experienced around our holiday property:

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Harris gave us a virtuoso performance, which was moving and memorable.

The earth has its music for those who will listen.

~ George Santayana

After our two weeks on Skye and our week on Harris, the location for our fourth and final week, South Uist, had a lot to live up to. Could it possibly do so…..?

The View From Here… (Part Three)

We are on the third and final leg of our wonderful month-long holiday in the Scottish Hebridean islands (see here and here for my brief posts about the first two parts).

After a fascinating time on the Isle of Harris, we came south yesterday via North Uist and Benbecula to South Uist. And what a contrast it is. As you can see from the picture above, it is much flatter. There is a mountainous region to the east of the island (you can just about see the peaks in the distance), but as you can see from the map below, it is low-lying, fertile marshland in the west where we are staying.

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