Tagged: Scotland

As I type this, a nice young lad from the power company is here installing “smart meters” for our electricity and gas.  They track usage half-hourly and will give us a good picture of...

My husband Sem recently wrote in a blog post, “I left my native county of Caithness fifty-odd years ago and I never imagined that I would return. Unfortunate circumstances brought me here and it...

We’ve moved! After months of waiting it all happened in a bit of a rush, but we are now moved and mostly unpacked (one box to go). The rooms look less like storage bunkers...

The wind is whistling and moaning today, as it has done for the last few days. Winter in the Highlands can often be breezy and occasionally hide-under-the-bed stormy; the present gale falls into the...

“You wanna fight me?  Eh?” This unexpected but earnest question was asked of my husband a few years ago as he waited at the bus stop in a nearby village.  Recognizing the man as...

There’s someone I would like you to “meet”.  It’s our friend Al, who is one of those “everyday heroes” you hear about, quietly living his life, helping others without asking for anything in return,...

When I started writing for A News Cafe it was my intention to focus on village life, local residents, and the history and culture of the Highlands, with my “personal” life coming second.  Recently,...

Happy Spring!  Even in the far north of Scotland there are signs of spring everywhere; buds forming, birdie-love rampant in the bushes and trees, the first tiny lamb sightings, and the eagerly-awaited longer daylight...