Read my words

Not everything I write makes it onto the internet A whole lot of it was penned before there even was an internet! I’ve been blogging since before some of you had even heard of it on platforms that don’t even exist any more. I have written for business websites which are no longer to be found, for in print journals which had limited print runs and no digital footprint.
I regularly contributed to the beautiful Barefoot Diaries, for the Scottish Islands Explorer magazine, for the West Word community newsletter, compiled and edited the Friends of Rum membership newsletter and set up and write the Rum Rumble community-wide newspaper for five years. I have a regular column in The Oban Times along with interviews and covering local news stories and events.

Here are some of my writings:

Interviews with interesting people:
Simon Willis – TV presenter, author and adventurer.
Mike Vanden – world renowned luthier
Wild Swimming coach Laura McConnachie
Lynn Waddell – bear rescuing library assistant
Colin Skeath – author and canoeing adventurer
Artist, author and creator of Room 13 Rob Fairley
Stephen Marshall – from big city life to rural idyll
Film Producer Norrie Maclaren
Karen Penny – walking the British Isles

A visit to a sand mine
Forest Bathing
Open Water Swimming Safety Day
Swimming the corran narrows and a night time swim in Glen Coe
Citizen Science project
How to combat over tourism

Crofting and island life:
Article for WWOOFing news
Small Isles Games on Rum
The Highland Midge
The food growers glut and how to deal with it
Grow your own – how to get started
Seed Saving
Jam making
Chicken wrangling
Pigs & Pork

Mental Health Matters:
I have a regular column in The Oban Times about mental health issues including interviews and articles on mental health and wellbeing.
Coping With Covid workshops
On volunteering and asking for help
Moving services online during lockdown

Home Education:
Motivation in education
Not back to school
Go and teach yourself! On autonomous home education
Don’t Panic!