November 29th, 2011


Preparation (and the result)

Ten days ago we had a series of bread related workshops and talks here in Skye and Lochalsh from Andrew Whitley.

I've known Andrew for a long time, as another member of the Soil Association Processing Standards Committee, and I was really pleased to get a place on one of the two workshops (12 places on each). I have his book but nothing is better that being shown how to do something.

It's not an easy event to photograph as most of the time your hands are covered in dough!

This is the preparation before we started:

And this Russian Sourdough bread, just out of the oven, is what we made in that first session:

We also made ciabatta and challah - I did a seven stranded plait.


I felt bad that I'd missed 'booth'. I was talking to my daughter about it last night, saying I wished I'd a picture of Boothamgate in York (the street where the market booths were set up in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries... sort of suitable!). She said "Well why don't you take a picture of..." So this afternoon, I did.

Booth, Phone box at the Braaid corner.

That's a traditional red phone box - which is pretty much a booth, I reckon!

And yes - the phonebox and the letter box are fairly much in the middle of nowhere - there are about five houses within walking distance.
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The doldrums; an area of windless sea where sailing vessels could be becalmed for days and weeks.

Colloquially; feeling stuck in a project, unable to proceed.

Yes, well - living on an island it should be fairly easy to take a picture of a windless sea and go with something like the original definition. Yes? No. I have, rather, been in the doldrums (second meaning) as the weather has made it impossible for me to proceed.

So - firstly a picture from earlier this year which I think does illustrate what the sea is like in the doldrums;

Ramsey bay

That was one of those March days we had stolen from summer.

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Church (with bonus buzzard and sheep)

Another catch-up

I used up our local parish church (Church of Scotland) for Door as I was fascinated that it had a white UPVC door.

That was our "new" church which was built in 1840.

The parish is actually quite big and the previous church was about 5 miles away at Kilchrist.

That church was built in the late 1400's / early 1500's. It could hold about 200 people and when the congregation was larger the service was held outdoors. People had to walk miles to services.

This is what is left of the church:

Kilchrist church

The burial ground there was used for at least another 100 years after the church was abandoned.

And I looked to the left of the picture and saw this buzzard:

Church plus buzzard

I couldn't turn there so went on a bit to find a turning place, and on coming back I found a sheep had wandered through a vanished doorway - so this is a quick picture from the middle of the road via the open passenger door window:

Church plus sheep