A whole world of watercolour at our fingertips

I have written before on this blog about the artistic marvels we can access these days via the internet. Since January this year, another site can be added to the rich abundance of treasures available to us.

The Watercolour World is a new site with an amazing aim: to make globally available in digital form as many watercolour paintings as possible. In many cases, watercolours are often too fragile to be exhibited. So TWW will be providing access to works that might otherwise never be seen. This short introductory film talks more about the capturing of these ‘windows on the world’.

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Merry Christmas One and All!

Sunset over Uig, Isle of Skye

It’s been a marvellous year of blogging. I have enjoyed so much sharing the stories of our life with you all, as well as reading and commenting on your blogs.

Thank you so much for all your company and visits along the way – it’s been such fun!

I send you all my warmest wishes for a very merry, safe and peaceful festive season and every happiness in 2018.  I look forward to our continuing adventures together next year. 🙂

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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Incredible.

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…..?